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Bryan Bishop To Kill A Mocking Bird (Dialectic Journal) Chapters 7 through 12 November 15th, 02004 Text Commentary ―Jem stayed moody and silent for a week. From what I remember reading, nothing As Atticus had once advised me to do, I ever happened fast in Maycomb. Although tired to climb into Jem‘s skin and walk this makes my irony-sense tingle, why around in it: if I had gone alone to the would a funeral be faster? Seems a bit odd Radley Place at two in the morning, my to me. funeral would have been held the next afternoon. So I left Jem alone and tried not to bother him.‖ (62) ―We were walking past our tree. In its Note: The tree is now considered ―theirs‖, knot-hole rested a ball of gray twine.‖ (63) even though it‘s obviously not. Why? ―We went home. Next morning the twine Not only is the tree ―their property‖, but was where we had left it. When it was still everything in it, even by accident, is ―their there on the third day, Jem pocketed it. property‖. What type of system is this? From then on, we considered everything we found in the knot-hole our property.‖ (63) The start of chapter 7: Talk about school, a Why not just keep writing about the break about the Radley‘s Tree and school? Why the break? I think it‘s to something in it - along with a new rule denote a subject of specific interest. I just how everything in it is the kid‘s, and then don‘t see why the little detour can‘t wait. back to school. (62-63) ―There are no clearly defined seasons in Long sentence to describe the setting. It‘s South Alabama; summer drifts into odd how this wasn‘t given at the beginning autumn, and autumn is sometimes never of the story, but rather later into it on followed by winter, but turns to a days-old perhaps a ―need-to-know‖ basis. This can spring that melts into summer again. That cancel out guesses because new fall was a long one, hardly cool enough for information can be introduced – that isn‘t a light jacket.‖ (64) any fun(!). ―Jem stared at me so long I asked what was Why is ―nothing‖ capitalized? Is it because the matter, but got Nothing, Scout for an the author is learning basic writing in 2nd answer.‖ (65) grade, and believes that ―nothing‖ is a ―thing‖, thus a noun, and thus should be capitalized? Funny. ―Jem and I were trotting in our orbit one If these ‗gifts‘ are from Arthur Radley, mild October afternoon when our knot-hole what business would he have giving them stopped us again. Something white was soap with pictures of themselves embedded inside this time. Jem let me do the honors: I into it? Gum is candy – that‘s an obvious pulled out two small images carved in one. Twine is .. also useless. What can soap.‖ (64) twine and soap be used for? ― ―These are us,‖ he said.‖ (64) Jem & Scout find the following in the knot: Why are Jem and Scout even taking these Within 2 weeks: A package of things? It‘s not as if they have a collection chewing gum. going. They also seem to care less and less Tarnished spelling medal of what it could mean as compared to what Bryan Bishop To Kill A Mocking Bird (Dialectic Journal) Chapters 7 through 12 November 15th, 02004 Non-working pocket watch with it actually is. aluminum knife. ( 65) ― ―Dear sir,‖ said Jem. ―We appreciate ―Jeremy Atticus Finch‖. Finally, an the—no, we appreciate everything which explanation to the weird spelling of ―Jem‖. you have put into the tree for us. Yours They didn‘t get in the letter; the tree is now very truly, Jeremy Atticus Finch.‖ I signed, knot-filled with cement. (Play on words?) ―Jean Louse Finch (Scout),‖ beneath it. Jem put the note in an envelope. Next morning on the way to school he ran ahead of me and stopped at the tree. Jem was facing me when he looked up, and I saw him go stark white. ―Scout!‖ I ran to him. Someone had filled our knot-hole with cement.‖ (66-67) Jem asks Mr. (Nathan) Radley as he passes There‘s proof that the tree might not be by why and if he put cement in his tree. dying, but it‘s obvious that there‘s a cover Mr. Radley says that it‘s the thing to do if a up here, and not just of the knot-hole. Is tree is dying. Jeremy then asks Atticus if there a point to cover the hole with cement? the tree is dying, receiving a flat out ―no‖. If it‘s a cover up, why not simply stop (67) putting things there? Or maybe something valuable is behind the cement wall. Jem had been crying after he learned that Why are they crying about this? It‘s just a the tree was possibly not dying even tree. Is it because they enjoy the sense of though Mr. Radley said so. Jem told Scout excitement and adventure they get from to not cry when she learned of the soap- peering in each day? It‘s really not their figurines. (Chapter 7, 65-67~~) business – they should just go find something new to get into instead of something possibly ending up bad. Chapter 8 ―Jem asked Atticus would it keep up.‖ (69) Where‘s the quotation marks? Why did the author choose to keep it without quotes, and without a question mark? It was a question.. ―If it would keep up‖ would‘ve been better, is this to portray Scout‘s lack of ―advanced‖ education? ―Eula May was Maycomb‘s leading I don‘t doubt that she‘s the leading telephone operator. She was entrusted with telephone operator, because she‘s probably issuing public announcements, wedding the only telephone operator. That‘s a lot of invitations, setting off the fire siren, and responsibility for a simple telephone giving first-aid instructions when Dr. operator; Is it viewed as an industrial job? Reynolds was away.‖ (69) Something high-tech? This town is oppressed. ―peach tree switches‖ (71) Google says that a ―peach tree switch‖ is a Bryan Bishop To Kill A Mocking Bird (Dialectic Journal) Chapters 7 through 12 November 15th, 02004 whipping tool for punishing children. ―Jem looked up at Atticus, who shook his Defintion of Morphodite: Hermaphrodite. head. ―She‘s just fussing,‖ he said. ―She‘s really impressed with your --- .. How does it look like a morphrodite? I accomplishments.‖ thought Atticus said it looked good. The Atticus strolled over to Miss Maudie‘s way Ms. Maudie yells at Atticus makes me sidewalk, where they engaged in an arm- believe that the towns people don‘t believe waving conversation, the only phrase of Atticus can raise the children alone. which I caught was ―… erected an absolute Possibly normal behavior, but later will morphodite in that yard! Atticus, you‘ll proof be presented for this argument? never raise ‗em!‖‖ (72) Also, it looks like people are getting more and more fed up with Atticus, and I think this will carry over to the lawsuit event. Will the town split into two? Some for Atticus‘s views, and some for not? The morphrodite brings up another concept seen throughout the book. Scout keeps acting like a boy, when people tell her to act more lady like. Does the snowman represent herself acting like a guy while being a girl? ― ―What‘s the matter?‖ The mood of this paragraph is general By then he did not have to tell me. Just as with suspense that may or may not add up the birds know where to go when it rains, I to something exciting or important. The knew when there was trouble in our street. words like ―helpless dread‖, ―muffled‖, Soft taffeta-like sounds and muffled ―spewing‖, ―wailed‖, and ―screaming‖ all scurrying sounds filled me with helpless help set the mood of an already known to dread. be tragedy. ―Whose is it?‖ ―Miss Maudie‘s, hon,‖ said Atticus gently. At the front door, we saw fire spewing from Miss Maudie‘s dinningroom windows. As if to confirm what we saw, the town fire siren wailed up the scale to a treble pitch and remained there, screaming.‖ (73) The houses on fire on pages 73 to 75; In Linking: I once woke up at night to see my general. neighbor‘s house on fire, just a little over a month ago. The house originally looked exactly like mine. I woke up at 4 in the morning, credit to my brother, and looked out the window to see some flames climbing to the sky across the street. At Bryan Bishop To Kill A Mocking Bird (Dialectic Journal) Chapters 7 through 12 November 15th, 02004 first I thought nothing of it, but after going outside I noticed that the entire upstairs of the house was roasting like a marshmallow in the blue of the flame. About three fire trucks came and tried to put out the fire; No use. The fire stayed active until early morning. The house lost the entire upstairs, and all downstairs void the dinning room – but the remains ruined the furniture. I walked through the house the following day, an odd experience, knowing that my house could possibly end up exactly like that one. The house still stands today, to be demolished at an unknown date. ―No matter what anybody says to you, Get your goat? What does this term mean? don‘t you let ‗em get your goat.‖ (Atticus, Phoenixzoo.org says that it is from a time 80) when horses were accompanied with goats during races, and people would try to steal the goats to make the horses nervous. In the quoted text, I suppose it means that Atticus wants Scout to maintain her integrity. ― I felt extremely noble for having Wow, that must be a new record. Why remembered, and remained noble for three can‘t nobility be more common? weeks.‖ (81) ―Aunt Alexandra was Atticus‘s sister, but Then.. a Crawford would be a Mt. Everest when Jem told me about changelings and analogy? What‘s a changeling? siblings, I decided that she had been swapped at birth, that my grandparents had perhaps received a Crawford instead of a Finch. Had I ever harbored the mystical notions about mountains that seemed to obsess lawyers and judges, Aunt Alexandra would have been analogous to Mount Everest: throughout my early life, she was cold and there.‖ (82) ―But the only time I ever heard Atticus Atticus continuously defends himself as to speak sharply to anyone was when I once how he raises Jem and Scout. Other people heard him say, ―Sister, I do the best I can believe he isn‘t doing a good job, but he with them!‖ It had something to do with stands his ground. Does he have any my going around in overalls.‖ (85) specific reasons? Why not remarry? Why is Scout wearing overalls a problem? ―Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the People are very critical with Scout and subject of my attire. I could not possibly how she dresses. I can‘t believe that hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I dressing is such a big issue, seeing how said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I she‘s only in the 2nd grade. Atticus doesn‘t wasn‘t supposed to be doing things that really mind her ‗differences‘ (from what Bryan Bishop To Kill A Mocking Bird (Dialectic Journal) Chapters 7 through 12 November 15th, 02004 required pants. … She hurt my feelings and culture expects), why? Does he not have set my teeth permanently on edge, but the time? Why not bring up Scout and Jem when I asked Atticus about it, he said he to be ‗proper‘ in the community‘s eyes? didn‘t mind me much the way I was.‖ (86) Letting a kid run wild is like never punishing him. ―Our father didn‘t do anything. He worked Ironic that Scout thinks that manual labor in an office, not in a drugstore. Atticus did and driving a dump truck is admirable. It‘s not drive a dump-truck for the county, he just the opposite these days, in my opinion was not the sheriff, he did not farm, work of course. I‘d rather be the head of a in a garage, or do anything that could corporation than out on the farms working possibly arouse the admiration of anyone.‖ long and tiresome hours. (93-94) ―Besides that, he wore glasses. He was It‘s starting to sound like Atticus is ahead nearly blind in his left eye, and said left of his time. He seems to not be tied down eyes were the tribal curse of the Finches. to having to do what the community Whenever he wanted to see something expects, and does exactly what he wants. In well, he turned his head and looked from the 1930‘s, I suppose smoking and drinking his right eye. He did not do the things our was popular, which further proves my schoolmates‘ fathers did: he never went belief that Atticus is a bit ‗further along‘ hunting, he did not play poker or fish or than the rest of the crowd. drink or smoke. He sat in the livingroom and read.‖ (94) ―When he gave us our air-rifles Atticus My..foreshadow-senses..are..tingling. I‘m wouldn‘t teach us to shoot. Uncle Jack positive that this is the first time instructed us in the rudiments thereof; he ‗mockingbird‘ has been referenced in this said Atticus wasn‘t interested in guns. book, so it‘s of importance. Does this mean Atticus said to Jem one day, ―I‘d rather you there will be a murder at the end of the shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know book? you‘ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‗em, but remember it‘s a sin to kill a mockingbird.‖‖(94) Page 94-96: Scout states on multiple Has Scout lost her respect for her father? occasions that Atticus is old and can‘t do Why? What has he done? Is peer pressure anything (even while people say getting to her? I think that she‘s going to otherwise). need to reassert her trust in him at one dramatic point in the story.
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