Meanwhile, tensions heighten in Maycomb after Atticus is assigned to defend Tom Robinson, an African American man accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell, the eldest daughter of Mr. She has finally learned the lesson he tried to teach her earlier in the novel: When he does, he finds that someone has mended them for him and left them on the fence.
It appears for a moment that the novel is going to end on an easy note, with the children letting go of their superstitions, but Scout is still working up to how Jem broke his arm.
When Aunt Alexandra berates the kids about their manners and their lack of interest in their heritage, Atticus makes it clear that this is of no importance to him.
Late that night, a group of drunk men some from Maycomb and some not approach Atticus, intending, no doubt, to lynch Tom. Underwood, the editor of The Maycomb Tribune, was standing watch over Atticus the whole time, carrying a double-barreled shotgun in case there was any trouble.
In the process of fleeing, Jem gets his pants caught and has to leave them behind. During these visits, Mrs. Dubose was the bravest person he ever met. That college was for sissies. When they come back the jury is still out, which is in itself a victory.
Heck Tate is the first witness, and Atticus questions him about what he saw on the day of the alleged rape. No reason is given for his outburst, and because of it the children are afraid of Boo to the point where they run past his house to avoid being in front of it.
Everyone in Maycomb talked about it for a few days, then lost interest—except Mr. Their lives revolve primarily around school and Atticus now. Scout, Jem, and Dill spend most of the summer playing elaborate games, and these end up being the subject of the next few chapters of the novel.
Ewell takes the stand and makes a show of accusing Tom of rape. In the aftermath of the trial, Aunt Alexandra attempts to return life to normal by hosting a lunch for her missionary circle.
And when she saw Tom Robinson, that polite man walking by her house on the way to work, Mayella invited him inside on the pretense of busting up a chiffarobe.
I smell the smoke of fireplaces and think about hot cider and the wind catches and my breath is taken from me and I bundle my coat tighter against me and lift my head to the sky, no clouds, just a stunning blue that hurts my eyes, another deep breath and I have this feeling that all is okay.
In fact,my feelings after reading this book are exactly opposite of what you have written! When Scout tries to explain this, Miss Caroline strikes her hand, effectively whipping her in front of the class.
Scout jumps in at the last second to save Atticus and stop the men, who are shamed by her presence. Jem and Dill and Scout then decide—unbeknownst to Atticus—to go watch the trial that afternoon.
Ewell spits in his face outside the post office. In fact, she started coming onto him, moving in for a kiss, but when she saw her father in the window she screamed. This incident leads Boo to start leaving presents soap dolls, pennies, gum for Scout and Jem in a knothole in the tree by their house, and this in turn leads the children to become curious about Boo and develop a sort of friendship.
There are, however, moments of extreme peril in Part I. Judge Taylor presides over the court and is impressively stern with the audience of people come to gawk at Tom.
Scout tells Atticus that Boo was really nice. Dubose lies in bed, looking very ill.
Of the three, Scout has perhaps the best relationship with Miss Maudie, who teaches her valuable life lessons and explains that Atticus is an upstanding man. In fact, Atticus did so well that Mr.
Part I ends with Atticus telling Jem that Mrs. That drinking a 6-pack was the breakfast of champions. Judge Taylor soothes her, though Jem suspects this is just a play for sympathy. This upsets all the white people in the audience, because in their eyes, a black man has no right to feel sorry for a white person.To Kill a Mockingbird: Discrimination Against Race, Gender, and Class Scout and Jem sit with their father, Atticus.
Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird centers on a young girl named Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. Her father Atticus Fincher, a lawyer, takes a case to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman.
To Kill a Mockingbird has 3, ratings and 78, reviews. Meghan said: If I could give this no stars, I would. This is possibly one of my least fav. What Happens in To Kill a Mockingbird? Scout Finch lives with her brother, Jem, and her father, Atticus, in Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression.
Scout spends her summers playing with Jem.Download