Scout assures him that she does, explaining that having it another way would be like shooting a mockingbird. Jem and Atticus discuss the justice of executing men for rape. Atticus enters the home, and asks Alexandra to come into the kitchen. However, the sheriff insists continually that Mr. While laying in bed, Scout misses Dill, who left for home at the beginning of the month. Dill says he wants Boo to come out and sit with them for a while, as it might make the man feel better. Ewell fell on his own knife.
It is after eleven o'clock that night before the jury comes back. Analysis The first chapter's emphasis on family history and stories within stories describes the rigid social ties that hold society together in the little town of Maycomb, Alabama, and the inescapable links that tie an individual to his or her family or clan. She hypocritically believes that the Jews deserve sympathy because they are white, whereas the persecuted group of the blacks still deserves second-class citizenship. Atticus tells his children to go home, but they want to stay and hear the verdict. Dolphus Raymond reveals that he is drinking from a paper sack. Next, Lee provides an overview of Finch family history. Instead, we are left with an image of Scout when she is discovering fundamental truths about the world.
Ewell won't really take any action on his threats. Neither Atticus nor Alexandra plan to attend because they are both tired. Though Scout is young and impressionable, she becomes a spokesperson for her entire class, interacting with the adult teacher comfortably; this shows that though a child, she is more grown-up than some of her peers. For all her faults, Aunt Alexandra gains, by way of her stereotypes, a basically reliable understanding of the people of Maycomb. Burris Ewell and his family manage to live outside the local and national laws because they are so poor and ignorant, belonging to the lowest circle of white Maycomb society.
Walter asks for some molasses and proceeds to pour it all over his meat and vegetables. Scout asks her one day about Boo Radley, and Miss Maudie says that he's still alive, he just doesn't like to come outside. Possibly, like Jem, Tom lost hope that people would listen to the voice of reason. Their world has been broadened, and their silly childhood fears have been largely left behind, replaced with the knowledge that there are bigger, meaning things at large in society, like racism and injustice. She assumes he is a countryman she doesn't recognize who happened to hear the fight and come running. The Cunninghams are farmers who don't have actual money now that the Depression is on.
Scout explains she doesn't remember learning how to read, but it seems she always knew how. She doesn't understand that she loves to read until her teacher tells her she can't read anymore: this shows that reading was a pleasure and a freedom she had taken for granted all her life until it is denied to her. Cecil and Scout entertain themselves at the fair until the pageant begins, visiting different booths and taking part in the fair. There he tells her, Scout, Calpurnia, and Miss Maudie that Tom Robinson attempted to escape and was shot seventeen times. During the last song, she wakes up and realizes she has missed her cue. When Scout read it, she was a bit confused at first because Tom had been given his due process at court and had been convicted by a jury despite Atticus' attempts to save him. Scout heeds his request and carefully takes the bug outside, noting internally that if anything, Jem is becoming more like a lady than she is.
Hardly anyone takes up for Tom Robinson, except for the owner of the newspaper, Mr. There is a crunching sound and Jem screams. Maudie replies that the town trusts him to do right. Now that the children have grown older, they come to know vividly that the real source of evil to be concerned about comes from their fellowman, not from imaginary ghosts. The sheriff urges Atticus, this once, to accept the situation even if it's not perfect according to law: Mr. He ran for Enfield Prison Farm's fence, and guards shot him seventeen times.
Jem rolls Scout inside an old tire, but he pushes so hard that it ends up in the Radley's yard. Many professionals in the town charge their country clients in farm produce rather than monetary currency. After Jem begged, Atticus relented and allowed the boys to go with him. In fact, one man on the jury wanted to acquit—amazingly, it was one of the Cunninghams. Jem and Atticus discuss the judicial system in Maycomb County for much of Chapter 23.
In Chapter 26, the coldness of the schoolchildren demonstrates that children who grow up in racist households tend to develop racist attitudes quite early in life. Scout says she will never forget that gesture. It sounds like the person behind them is wearing thick cotton pants. In Scout's mind, this doesn't make sense and she goes to talk to Jem about it. Scout blames Calpurnia for teaching her how to write in script on rainy days. Though Dill heard no more of their conversation, he saw Helen crumple to the ground after learning her husband died. The next day, Jem and Dill hatch a plan to leave a note for Boo in the Radley's window, using a fishing line.
Apparently, when Tom's wife saw Atticus and Calpurnia, she seemed to faint, falling to the ground in a heap. Flick - and the house was still. Scout wants to be like Burris Ewell and not have to go to school at all. Ewell even blames Atticus for a recently lost job. Cunningham, when entailed, repaid Atticus for his legal services by giving the Finch family hickory nuts, stove wood, and other farm produce.
Link Deas again threatens him with jail and he stops this behavior. Calpurnia takes them home, where they quickly eat and run back to the courthouse. The novel takes begins during the summer. Chapter 3 Jem invites Walter Cunningham over for lunch when he finds out that the boy doesn't have any food. The events of the trial have made the children consider that maybe Boo needs a good home to run to Dill's theory or maybe he prefers to stay out of contact with people Jem's theory. The three engage in summertime play activities of improving the Finch tree and acting out the plots of several of their favorite books.