Then, just before lunch, Scout tried to helpfully explain to Miss Caroline that did not have a lunch with him because he was poor. After his father died, Boo's brother, Nathan, moved into the house with Boo. Atticus leaves the house with a light. Strength of character is the lesson in this chapter. Tom Robinson gets moved to the Maycomb jail and fearing that a mob will come during the night to do something, Atticus goes to the jailhouse. Jem knew he had to get his pants back before morning, or else everyone would know that he was in the Radley's yard.
He tries to get her to act more like a girl, instead of being such a tomboy, and wants her to stop bothering him and go do her own thing. Each day, Jem reads longer than he did the day before. Dubose is an old lady who lives on the way to Maycomb's business district. Every time Scout and Jem walk past, she shouts at them. This interaction sets a pattern for the book and for the basic development of Scout as a character: whether dealing with adults or with other children, Scout always means well, and her nature is essentially good. From those seats, the children are able to see the entire courtroom, so they will not miss a thing.
They wait longer than they should, though, and that means that they do not have anywhere to sit. Analysis This chapter sets the tone and basis for everything else that happens in the novel. Most of the time, she is referred to by her nickname: Scout. Scout was exiled there until the lunch bell rang. 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.
Their attempts culminate in a dare to Jem, which he grudgingly takes. Dubose, Jem has helped her remain strong and address her morphine addiction. The crowd is so large that there really is nowhere for everyone to eat lunch, so they all camp out in the town square. A group of men led by the sheriff, Heck Tate, come to the house. At home, Atticus follows Scout outside to ask her if something is wrong, to which she responds that she is not feeling well. Dubose's and read to her every day for an entire month. 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.
He leaves the classroom, making enough vicious remarks to cause the teacher to cry. The three of them never did get that letter to Boo Radley, but got in trouble with Atticus. Comments on Character Development Scott: In this chapter, Scott seems to be maturing and understanding what's right and wrong. Scout will grow up knowing that good and evilare balanced. It is often painful, and is going to prove that way for the children - especially Jem. Giving the camellia to Jem was also her way of showing that she understood and acknowledged his feelings about his father and the kinds of things that were being said about him for defending Tom Robinson. Then he did a peculiar thing.
Miss Caroline offers him a quarter to buy lunch, telling him that he can pay her back tomorrow. One day her cantankerousness becomes too much for Jem, though, because she is shouting cruel things about Atticus and his defense of Tom Robinson. Jem, wanting to make sure Atticus is okay, along with Scout and Dill, heads downtown. This chapter is really quite pivotal, because it marks the end of innocence for Jem and Scout, and the opportunity to grow and develop. The three of them quickly ran with fear out of the yard, but when Jem's pants were stuck, he had to leave it behind. This maturity is foreshadowed by Jem's broken arm and the fact that the story is told in retrospect. Burris, as it turns out, only comes on the first day of school to avoid problems with the law.
Dubose dies just a little longer than a month later. She tells him that she does not think she will go to school anymore and suggests that he could teach her himself. The first example of Dill as conscience comes when he and Jem disagree about the method for making a turtle come out of its shell. Scout goes with him, and Mrs. Dill's fascination, in particular, leads to all sorts of games and plans to try and get Boo to come outside. As a whole, To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming of age story, or a story about growing up. Scout tires to explain that Walter will never be able to pay the money back, as his family is so poor they often pay Atticus with things like turnip greens when they need legal help.
The boys on the other hand were trying to send a letter to Mr. Additionally, Miss Caroline's ignorance of the community and inability to understand the needs of her students further shows the problems of the community. Scout is able to sympathize with Boo and understandhim. Harper Lee seems to be commenting on the failure of an educational system in which a teacher, like Miss Caroline, punishes Scout for her learning while a student like Burris is able to satisfy the law by showing up to school one day out of the year. Jem does it, though clearly terrified. Scout, Jem, and Dill come to question these conventions as the story progresses.
Sheriff Tate went to the Ewell house and observed that Mayella was bruised. There are several important ideas introduced in these first few chapters. Scout's mother died when she was two years old; however, Jem does have some memory of her. The neighborhood began to buzz with rumors that Boo Radley was crazy, but Boo's father refused to acknowledge this. We never put back into the tree whatwe took out of it: we had given him nothing, and itmade me sad.
Chapter Twelve Jem turns twelve, and he and Scout start to grow apart. The boy is Burris Ewell, a member of the Ewell clan, which is even poorer and less respectable than the Cunningham clan. However, this chapter also paves the way for the rest of the story and how the children relate to others as they move toward their own adulthood. Scout is very upset by her. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. In this town, the rules of society are clearly set. Cunningham, whose face was equally impassive.