The children begin to leave but, just then, a group of cars shows up. Aunt Alexandra wants the children to know all about the Finch family and uphold its genteel heritage, but Atticus has not introduced them to the entirety of their family history, and instead has told them amusing stories, such as how their cousin Josh went insane at university. As he had talked, he had realized the ludicrous request Alexandra had made on him and his children and told them to ignore what he'd said. 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. The chapter establishes that Atticus can relate to all kinds of people, including poor farm children. The chapter also establishes that Scout is a very intelligent and precocious child who learned how to read through her natural instinct, sitting on Atticus's lap and following along in his book. She tells the children that she plans to build a new, smaller house.
Scout and Dill's relationship, though close, is still childish and innocent, as shown in the end of the chapter. The physical representation of this facet of childhood is represented in Jem's daring rush into the Radleys' yard, in which he enters a space that has been fundamentally condemned by the entire town. For the first time, real racial tensions begin to emerge in the novel. The children comfort her and she reads them a story. In Chapter 17, the Ewells belong to the bottom set of Maycomb's whites. On Sunday there are more people at church than ever in Scout's memory - even Mr. Alexandra even forces Atticus to teach Scout and Jem about their family history.
He continues to stumble while telling them 'you must try to behave like the little lady and gentleman that you are. She is very distraught and cries in the witness stand, saying that she is afraid of Atticus. He and Scout get into a fist fight, which Atticus breaks up, saying that Scout doesn't have to obey Jem unless he can make her do so. He impresses the Finch children with his dramatic recounting of the movie Dracula, which wins him their respect and friendship. As Atticus was treating them so unusual Scout began to cry because she felt like she had lost her father and that Aunt Alexandria was going to control everything about her life even the way Atticus acted towards them. Scout has never seen anything like their church before, and marvels at how the Church doesn't even have hymns. The members of First Purchase Church-an all black church-are generally very inviting to Scout and Jem.
Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level. The implication is that young people intrinsically expect certain human freedoms and have a natural sense for freedom and justice, which they only become aware of when the adults in society begin trying to take such freedoms away. Cunningham wanted to hurt Atticus when he usually is Atticus's friend. Scout generally gets along very well with Uncle Jack. They do not want to bother learning the right behavior of a person coming from a fine ancestry.
The prosecution's attorney, , asks him about the events surrounding Tom Robinson and Mr. Part One Chapter 1 The chapter opens with the introduction of the narrator, Scout Jean Louise Finch, her older brother Jem Jeremy , and their friend and neighbor, Dill Charles Baker Harris. This chapter builds the trial's suspense quite significantly, as the reader begins to understand Atticus's situation. However, he gives his little sister support when she needs it even though he warns her not to tag along with him and his fifth-grade friends at school. Scout does not look forward to this visit because Aunt Alexandra is very forthright in her rather traditional views of what a young girl should be. Jem and Scout instead find her stuffy, picky and cranky at times.
She attempts to instill in Jem and Scout a pride in their family legacy. The three try to start a few games, but quickly get bored. Cunningham to say hello to his son shows how truly unaware of the situation she is. Similarly, Scout and Jem will learn the full importance of justice later in the book through the trial of Tom Robinson, where justice is withheld and denied to a black man. When Scout goes to her room, she sees something under her bed. Ewell says that he ran to get the sheriff. Aunt Alexandria had the theory that the longer you lived in one place the more dignified you were.
Ewell says that he does. To Dill, it seemed they would rather spend time alone together that with him. Jem overhears Aunt Alexandra warning Atticus that he is bringing disgrace to the family name. In Chapter 18, we learn that Mayella's life is one of miserable poverty and deprivation. Miss Maudie's description of Boo helps the children understand him as a victim of his upbringing. Underwood was looking out for him until after the mob disperses.
You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. He accuses them of putting Boo's life history on display for the edification of the neighborhood. Jem joked that that must make the Ewells high class because they had lived behind the dump for 3 generations. Most old people still know each other so well that every behavior is somewhat predictable and repetitive. Jem knowing that Dill was a big exaggerator asked how he got there. The very religious Radley family stays indoors all day and rarely participates in community affairs, except during emergencies.
She explains to them how Maycomb came to be, and how that, because it was developed so far from any other town and transportation, the town grew because families kept marrying the same families, or actually marrying in their own families. Miss Maudie also believes in the importance of pleasure and the enjoyment of life. A patient and loving, if somewhat unusual, father, Atticus acts as the voice of reason for his children, and later the entire town. Jem's behavior in Chapter 14 seems to betray Dill, and demonstrates his progress into the adult sphere. She claims that she went inside for the money, and Tom followed her, pushed her to the floor, and took advantage of her while she screamed and tried to fight back. There is good in Mayella, her flowers are the only beautiful thing at the Ewell residence, and Scout thinks that Mayella seems to make an effort to keep herself clean, but her actions seem motivated by cowardice.