In the first chapter, we are introduce to many of the main characters. The story appears to be winding down, but then Bob Ewell starts making good on his threats of revenge. The novel also continues to reveal the ugly underbelly of Maycomb. He tells Scout that his pants were not tangled up the wire as he left them but were folded neatly on the fence post, as if someone was expecting him to come back and get them. Fifteen years later Boo stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors, but his father refused to send Boo to an asylum. He shows himself to be a highly respectful man, and he carefully and deliberately outlines each piece of evidence. At school, Scout gets flak from her classmates because her father, a lawyer, has taken on a new client, a black man named.
Atticus doesn't hold a gun or any other weapon, but carries only a book. It is also noticeable unclear as to whether Atticus knew Mr. This lasts until the following fall, when they find that Mr. Shortly after the trial, Scout attends one of her aunt's Missionary Society meetings. With that, she joins them.
The kindness of the congregation of First Purchase and their strong community helps to convey Harper Lees views on the unjust racism that is ever-present in Maycomb. While he does, Scout watches the house and thinks she sees movement inside, like someone is looking out the window. Miss Caroline does not understand Scouts actions and punishes her. Much of this growing up idea will center around Boo Radley and Scout's interaction with this phantom individual throughout the years. Allegedly, Boo's father has made him stay in the house ever since he got in trouble with the law in his youth. The court rests for ten minutes, but no one leaves the courthouse Analysis Aunt Alexandra's views typify the general consensus of traditional assumptions held by the Maycomb community.
In the distance, she can see a man she doesn't recognize carrying Jem toward her house, and Atticus running out to meet him. Additionally, Miss Caroline's ignorance of the community and inability to understand the needs of her students further shows the problems of the community. The story covers a span of three years, during which the main characters undergo significant changes. When Tom Robinson walked by, she asked him to do it for a nickel. Jem thinks that Boo put it on her. Adding to Scout's summer despair, Atticus is often absent from home because he is part of the state legislature, which has been called into session. Chapter Seven Shortly after the school year starts again, just a few days after Jem and Scout had their big adventure.
Cunningham of the human bonds that connect everyone in the town. One dark night, they're on their way back home from the school's Halloween pageant when they hear someone following them. With Atticus and Aunt Alexandra both too tired to attend, Jem agrees to take Scout to the school. Cunningham, the father of Walter from her class at school. Then she tries to engage him on the topic of his entailment, which she heard her father mention once, but notices that everyone is staring at her. For instance, he first determined exactly what injuries Mayella suffered, and then manipulates Ewell into revealing that he is left-handed, and that a left-handed man most likely beat Mayella, causing bruising on the right side of her face.
They were kind to him, but did not seem to need him around. Ewell again says that no doctor was called, saying that he has never called a doctor in his life and never thought of doing so. She is old-fashioned and proper, and often refers to the people of Maycomb in light of their family history. After embarrassing herself on-stage, Scout elects to leave her ham costume on for the walk home with Jem. Miss Maudie is garden obsessed, and spends her evenings reining over her front porch in the twilight.
When Dill and Jem start excluding Scout from their plots she begins to spend more time with her next door neighbor, Miss Maudie Atkinson. Clearly, more will soon be revealed. She starts with her family history: Simon Finch fled England to escape religious persecution. This strong foundation provides an important starting point for the story. The chapter depicts him as brutish, insensitive, and confident of his ability to get away with his perjury. Everyone in the courtroom notices that Tom's left arm is twelve inches shorter than his right, due to an accident in his youth when the arm got stuck a cotton gin. With Boo safely home, Scout returns to Jem's room where Atticus is waiting.
Atticus asks where Mayella had been beaten, and Mr. Scout doesn't realize that Walter, having come from a different background, has different habits than she does. Her transformation is what eventually draws her father out of the prison of his own suffering and helps to make a foundation for their healing. They start running, and they hear a shotgun blast. .
Jem does it, though clearly terrified. Atticus also has a son, Jem, who is an integral part of the novel as well. 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. 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. The kids sneak over to see, and it's pretty apparent to us, at least that the white woman, , is lying. During this time, Scout has a very difficult time restraining from physically fighting with other children, a tendency that gets her in trouble with her Aunt Alexandra and Uncle Jack.
When Scout who until tonight knew nothing of the plan starts to protest, they call her a girl and threaten to send her home. She's finally able to tell her story to Uncle Jack later that night, and he apologizes for jumping all over her when he should've been punishing Francis. This gives Jem the idea for them to pretend to be the Radley family. Ewell shows himself to be arrogant and crude. Through Scout, Lee gives the reader a feel for the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, which is loosely based on Lee's hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. The night is dark, like the culture of bigotry and ignorance in Maycomb.