Scout is despondent at the thought of not being able to read at home anymore, but reluctant to tell Atticus after the trouble she's been in all day. Hand-in-hand with the issue of trust is that of truth. Atticus tells her that she has to go to school because it's the law, but he promises to keep reading to her. Scout doesn't realize that Walter, having come from a different background, has different habits than she does. Jem does so, sprinting back hastily; there is no sign of movement at the Radley Place, although Scout thinks that she sees a shutter move slightly, as if someone were peeking out. Everyone moves slower than sweat, and there's not much worth hurrying for, let alone much sense of what might be happening outside the county lines.
Note that the only adult the children don't refer to as Miss or Mrs. However, she learns a great deal about people in and out of the classroom. When she goes back to investigate, she finds a stick of gum. Jem then takes Dill and Scout to the creaky Radley property, which is a few houses down the road. Analysis This chapter sets the tone and basis for everything else that happens in the novel.
Scout doesn't think it odd that Atticus buys an air rifle for her as well as Jem, although girls traditionally aren't sharpshooters. This strong foundation provides an important starting point for the story. Down the road lives a family named the Radleys and the children are fascinated by Boo Radley. Scout and Jem learn some impressive things about their father — things that will ultimately help them understand why Atticus is compelled to defend Tom Robinson. Dubose, he discovers the reasons behind her behavior were understandable, if not acceptable.
Notably, the scene presents mundane and ordinary objects the mirror, whistles, the aforementioned watch and dolls , but these objects are shot from disorienting, unusual angles, which de-familiarizes them. Eventually, the kids think so too. As punishment, Jem must read to Mrs. He was not heard from until fifteen years later, when he stabbed his father with a pair of scissors. Scout meets her teacher Miss Caroline and finds out she is not very good with children. A hefty portion of the story focuses on prejudice and the relationships between African Americans and whites in the Southern United States in general, and Maycomb, specifically.
You'll get an overview of the plot, and we'll talk a bit about Mockingbird as an example of bildungsroman again man, this description is heavy on parentheses and Southern Gothic, and look into the novel as a commentary on the racism and patriarchy of the Alabama in which Harper Lee grew up. Their cook, an old black woman named Calpurnia, helps to raise the children and keep the house. While he does, Scout watches the house and thinks she sees movement inside, like someone is looking out the window. As children, Scout, Jem, and Dill are especially susceptible to accept absurd popular legends and gossipy anecdotes. Apparently this is a sore subject, so Jem tells his sibling to shut up. In the last chapter, of part 1 chapter eleven, the children pass by the house of Mrs. These perceptions become important as the story progresses.
Eventually, he dares Jem to run over and touch the house. The description of some of the students-especially Walter and Burris-serve to show the challenges that some of the people in this community face. Finch's religion made him a persecuted man in England, but rather than shun persecution in all its forms, as soon as he came to America he bought slaves in order to make himself rich. In the first chapter, we are introduce to many of the main characters. Throughout the story, Atticus functions as a peacemaker. Nevertheless, Boo continued to stay inside. Atticus is not a typical parent.
When Scout insists that the boys include her in their plans, they tell her that they're going to deliver a note to Boo Radley asking him to come outside. Through Tim Johnson, Jem and Scout gain further insight into their father, just as they will through Tom Robinson's trial. Scout tells us Boo was a troublemaker in his youth. Scout's mother died when she was two years old; however, Jem does have some memory of her. Most of the time, she is referred to by her nickname: Scout. Doesn't everyone already know how to read and write? Scout is all the more confused because her father is not like the authority figures she meets at school. This maturity is foreshadowed by Jem's broken arm and the fact that the story is told in retrospect.
Conversely, Jem demonstrates his maturity in his first interaction with Dill. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use. However, her new teacher-Miss Caroline-insists that her father must have taught her to read, basically calling her a liar and making Scout feel guilty over her education. Scout starts to explain the circumstances that led to the broken arm that her older brother, Jem, sustained many years earlier; she begins by recounting her family history. The children hate her until the moment Atticus explains her bravery to them. It also shows how Maycomb treats those who are different.
She tells him she doesn't want to go to school anymore. Summary The school year passes slowly for Scout. Glossary Big Mules political term referring to modern Alabama power brokers. Dill admits almost gleefully that the whole plan is his idea, yet Jem is the person taking the greater risk. Dubose, Scout accidentally acts somewhat disrespectfully to the woman, who then shouts at Scout and calls her ugly.