Rank in order the following items, from what you value the most to what you value the least in life: money, success, health, love, career, friends, material things, family, freedom, religion, education.
What is integrity and do you have it?
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Question and Answer Section: This blog is specifically for questions you may have regarding your reading of To Kill a Mockingbird. Please post any of your questions, and it is the responsibility of your fellow classmates to answer these questions to the best of their abilities.
In chapter 5, Miss Maudie tells the children about what happened to Boo Radley. What does she tell them? After hinting at what kind of person Boo’s father is, she tells the children that “Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets” (46). What do you think she means? Explain.
Chapter 7: What is Mr. Radley’s explanation of why he cemented the knothole? What do you make of his explanation? What is Atticus’ response to Mr. Radley’s reasoning for cementing the knothole? How does Jem react to this? Why?
At the end of chapter 9 Scout is listening to a conversation between Atticus and her Uncle Jack. Atticus is explaining how he thinks he will lose the trail, and yet he isn’t thinking about himself, he is thinking of how the trial will affect his children. He says, “I hope and I pray I can get Jem and Scout through it without bitterness, and most of all, without catching Maycomb’s usual disease…I just hope that Jem and Scout come to me with their questions instead of listening to the town…” (88). Why would the children be bitter about the trial? What is Maycomb’s usual disease? Why does Atticus want the children to come to him with their questions and concerns? Why does he let Scout/want her to listen to this conversation?
In chapters ten and eleven, readers get two very different ideas about what it means to be courageous: Atticus killing a dog with a gun and Mrs. Dubose fighting her drug addiction. Atticus tells Jem, “I wanted you to see something about her—I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know your licked before you begin but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do…She was the bravest person I ever knew” (112). What is Atticus saying about courage and how he defines it? Who do you think is braver in these two chapters—Atticus or Mrs. Dubose and why? Who is the bravest person you know? *An interesting tidbit of information that I found: Morphine, the drug Mrs. Dubose is addicted to is a very addictive pain reliever and was often called the southern lady’s drug, as a typical morhphone addict in the 1920s was a white female, middle-aged or older, widowed, homebound, lived in the south and began using morphine for medical reasons. If you read closely, you will have noticed that many of these characteristics apply to Mrs. Dubose.
During our discussion today, we talked about the importance of Cal bringing Jem and Scout to her church. We highlighted how this event is significant because Jem and Scout are the only white people in attendance, and thus, there is a racial boundary that is crossed. What other boundaries or crossings can you find in this section or from this event? Think about where the church is located, other ways that Scout and Jem are different from the churchgoers, etc.
At the end of chapter 20, Atticus says that the case against Tom Robinson “is as simple as black and white” ( ). Explain this statement in your own words. What is black and white about Tom’s case? Are things in life ever as simple as black and white? Give examples to support your position.
At the end of chapter 14, Scout asks Dill “Why do you reckon Boo Radley’s never run off?” His response is, “Maybe he doesn’t have anywhere to run off to…” ( ). How do you interpret Dill’s comment? What does he understand about Boo that Scout and Jem can’t?
Scottsboro Trials: Post a substantial response to anything in the Scottsboro packet, which you received today in class that you find interesting, appalling. Possibilities include:
Respond to Ruby Bates letter to her boyfriend, where she acknowledges that the rape charges were falsified.
Respond to Roy Wright’s letter to his mom.
Repsond to Haywood Patterson’s story.
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