It was worth every question and worksheet to where I am now. I have had a great year and was faced with many challenges but all in all I did a pretty good job and improved all my English skills hugely. I’ve always been a good reader through school but even my reading skills improved this year. We read a selection of great books that have helped me understand big concepts. I felt that Night by Elsie Wesile and Anthem by Alice Hoffman should be taught next year because they were the most interesting and had the most impact on me as the reader.
Chapter 1 Scout (Jean Louise Finch) Jem (Jeremy Atticus Finch) • Scout recounts her family history o Simon Finch came to America to escape religious persecution o He established a successful farm called Finch’s Landing o All Finch’s have lived there except Scout’s father and uncle • Description of Maycomb, Alabama • Atticus described as a successful lawyer • Introduction of Calpurnia • Scout’s mom died when she was 2 Summer of 1933 (Jem 10, Scout almost 6) • Charles Baker Harris (Dill) moves in next door • Act out various stories they have read • Dill suggests they lure out Arthur “Boo” Radley • Boo’s back-story o “Gang” member o Imprisoned in home; no one sees him for year o 15 years later, stabs father with scissors • Old Mr. Radley dies (of natural causes) • Nathan Radley (Boo’s brother) moves in • Dill fascinated with Boo; dares Jem to touch house • Jem finally caves in; touches house and runs back • Scout thinks she sees window curtain move Chapter 2 • September • Dill leaves and returns to Meridian • Scout prepares for her first day of school • Teacher (Miss Caroline Fisher) doesn’t deal well with kids • Concludes Atticus taught Scout how to read • Makes Scout feel guilty for being educated • Scout complains to Jem; he says she’s trying out a new method of teaching • Walter Cunningham doesn’t have lunch • Ms Caroline offers quarter; says she can pay him back • Cunningham’s too poor to pay back; pay Atticus in product not $ • Scout attempts to explain • Ms Caroline misinterprets and slaps Scout’s hand with a ruler Chapter 3 • Scout blames Walter for getting her in trouble • Jem jumps in; invited Walter for dinner (lunch) • Walter and Atticus
Although Boo Radley shows just what a substantial person he has become, he is still misjudged by the society. This is proved when Boo Radley saves Jem’s life by killing Mr.Ewell and Atticus says it wouldn't be right to expose him and Scout vocalised, “ It would be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?”. So when Atticus kept the information of Boo to himself, he really believed that Boo Radley was an innocent man who caused no harm to anyone and therefore shouldn’t be persecuted, as he has been illtreated his whole life. The aim with mockingbirds in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, is that mockingbirds should not be killed as they only exist for the enjoyment of others and cause no harm and only minded their business. Another way in which Harper Lee uses the mockingbird as a symbol is through Tom Robinson.
When Scout arrived home, Atticus immediately began to question her about the incident. Scout was unaware of who the dark figure may be, until she realized that Carasone 3 Boo Radley was standing in the room. Shocked she then understood that it was Boo who saved her and her brother. “I took him by the hand, a hand surprisingly warm for its witnesses” (277). Scout understands that Boo is a compassionate person, unlike the mysterious unknown neighbor they once thought.
By describing Scout’s first days at school, Harper Lee criticizes aspects of the education system in Alabama and to reveal the views of Atticus, the lawyer father and single parent of Jem and Scout. The early chapters concern the children’s games designed to see Boo or entice him out of his house. They fail to notice Boo’s interest in them; he rescues and attempts to mend Jem’s pants when Jem is caught in the Radley garden, and he
During the trial of Tom Robinson, Scout notices that even if Mayella was lying in court during her testimony, “she must have been the loneliest person in the world” (191). Mayella always asked Tom Robinson to come over to her house and help her fix things or chop things down just because she wanted a friend. She was always lonely in the house since her siblings were too young to be her friend and no one in Maycomb wanted to be her friend since the Ewells had a bad reputation. Furthermore, Scout got to literally put herself in Boo Radley’s shoes; a man who stayed in his “haunted” home all day. When she was leaving Boo Radley’s house from walking him home because he had saved her life, she noticed “to her left of the brown door was a long shuttered window.
Jean Louise “Scout” Finch is at that time six years old growing up in Maycomb, Alabama. Scout lived with her dad “Atticus Finch” and her brother “Jeremy Atticus “Jem” Finch”, Scout’s mom died when Scout was two and Jem was six years. Within the story it was shown how Scout was not like her peers in her community. Scout acts more like a boy than a girl; she would replicate whatever she saw her brother doing, when the character Charles Baker “Dill” Harris
“Oh alright, Mr. Tate thinks I might be able to take over the station someday when he retires,” he says with a big grin and puffing out his chest like a rooster. Jem didn’t get to play football like he wanted to after that life changing night with Mr. Ewell. He healed alright but his arm was never the same. Jem ended up marrying his high school sweetheart right out of school and instead of moving into Finch Landing, he moved into Mrs. Dubose old house, which was in probate for years until
Johnny wants his family to accept him, he want to be loved by his parent. He has never gotten that love because his mother didn’t love him and his father was a drunken alcoholic, who abused him. He seeks acceptance from the gang, and although stabbing Bob, which is completely out of character, as Ponyboy says “Johnny is the quite one”. (chp.1). He does it to protect Pony and so the gang would love him more and let him be a part of it.