It's odd for Mayella's reaction to the question to be so questionable if she is telling the truth. I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more'n the rest of 'em-' 'You felt sorry for her, you felt sorry for her? For Atticus, this case was about protecting human rights, and he wanted his children to understand that he cared deeply about this issue. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. Early in the book Boo is described as a tall and scary looking person who runs around at night eating live possums and cats. The sheriff comes later to talk to Atticus about the night. Therefore, although unpleasant, Atticus's work is of great importance and will affect the future of race relations in Maycomb.
She is frustrated with Jem's airs of superiority and wishes they could play together and talk together as they used to. By leaving simple, harmless and thoughtful gifts for them, it becomes clear that Boo is a good person, which differs markedly from Scout and Jem's original feelings about him. The back porch was bathed in moonlight, And the shadow, crisp and toast, moved across the porch towards Jem. However, she surprises him and makes him incredibly proud by comparing Mr. Ewell wrote on the back of the envelope and looked up complacently to see looking at him as if he were some fragrant gardenia in full bloom on the witness stand, to see half-sitting, half standing at his table. You can have a seat now. This speech must have taken a lot of courage, but to Atticus, it is absolutely necessary.
Later that night Atticus asked where she got it from and she didn't know. By testifying against Tom Robinson, she was also trying to destroy the evidence suggesting that she had attempted to seduce him, most likely due to the extremes of racism in Maycomb. Atticus believes the stress of the situation and the inevitability of struggle and pain led Tom to run. When it crossed Jem, Jem saw it. This creates some unspoken tension between father and children, as they are not entirely convinced. Earlier in the novel, she was terrified every time she passed the house. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o'clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.
You're not gonna change any of them by talkin' right, they've got to want to learn themselves, and when they don't want to learn there's nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language. Clearly, Scout has great respect for both her father and brother, and demonstrates a high level of maturity for her young age. Nothing much changed at the Radley Place. They find a small boy, six going on seven but looking younger, who introduces himself as Charles Baker Harris and announces that he can read. Lee tells this part of the story through hints and subtle clues rather than direct statements, i. When a mad dog comes weaving down the street, Sheriff Tate hands the rifle to Atticus, who puts a single bullet between the dog's eyes.
She was continually physically abused by her father; Atticus politely and indirectly proves this by mentioning the bruises concentrated on the right side of her face during Tom Robinson's trial. Ewell's testimony, Mayella was certainly beaten up. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn't know it when he put the blanket around you. Something about one of the trees attracted my attention. Here, Jem demonstrates a desire to protect anything that does no harm.
She wants a better life for herself and lovingly grows red geraniums , but a change in her situation is unlikely. With this revelation, the reader cannot place any trust in the words of Bob Ewell. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough. Unknowingly, Scout appeals to the man's humanity and forces him to realize he must behave honorably and leave Atticus and Tom Robinson alone. In truth, Scout is much like Atticus -- she has strong moral principles and can explain things to people in ways that allow them to understand her perspective. Ewell beat Mayella, not Tom, and demonstrates Ewell's left-handedness in comparison to Tom's disabled left arm.
Boo and the Cunninghams were the nearest thing to a gang. Later on, Atticus is, for once, proven wrong. His trousers swished softly and steadily. Scout knows something is wrong and reaches out to a man she recognizes in the group, Mr. The power of this moment brings Scout to tears, but, as always, she handles herself with maturity beyond her age.
Lee, however, proceeds to undermine her portrayal of small town gentility. The last two lines in the passage serve as an analogy to the Tom Robinson case and show that Atticus knows he will not win, but must try his best in his search for justice. After he pulled out the weapon and wiped it on his dad's pants he went back to cutting up the newspapers for his scrapbook. He is committed to equality to every one of all races, so he agrees to defend Tom Robinson a black man who was accused of raping a white woman. Atticus has brought Scout up by instilling in her wisdom and compassion beyond her years. I ran to him and hugged him and kissed him with all my might. On the other hand, she also shows respect for the people at her church and in her community by speaking the way they do.