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To kill a mockingbird ch7-10 summary

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TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD CHAPTER 7 Jem is "moody and silent" after what had happened to his pants when he tried to bring Boo Radley out of his house. Scout decides not to bother Jem and soon she is in the second grade at school. It is as bad as the first, but one day walking home with Jem, she learns that when he retrieved his pants, they were neatly folded on the fence and the tears had been crudely sewn up as if someone knew that he would be coming back for them. Then they find a ball of twine in the hiding place in the oak tree. They aren't sure if it's theirs or not. So they leave it for a few days. When it is still there, they take it and decide that anything left there is okay to take. Jem is excited about sixth grade, because they learn about ancient Egypt and he tells Scout that school will get better for her. One day in October they find "small images carved in soap" of a boy and a girl. Upon closer examination, they realize that they are images of themselves. Scout is scared despite their beauty. They wonder who could have done it-maybe Mr. Avery, a neighbour who whittles wood. In a couple of weeks, they find a package of chewing gum, then an old medal for winning the spelling tree, then a broken pocket watch on a chain with an aluminium knife. Jem can't get it to work and ponders on whether they should confide in Atticus, but the children decide to write a letter thanking whoever gives them these gifts and place it in the knot-hole the next morning. When Jem gets there followed by Scout, they find that the knot hole has been plugged with cement. Jem asks Mr. Nathan about it. But he replies that the tree is dying and the cement will keep it alive. ...read more.

Middle

Scout has been trying to swear words on the theory that Atticus won't make her go to school if he finds out she learned them there, but after dinner Uncle Jack tells her not to use them in his presence unless she's in an extremely provoking situation. For Christmas, Jem and Scout both get air rifles. They go to Finch's Landing, a large house with a special staircase leading to the room of Simon Finch's four daughters that once allowed Finch to keep a track of their coming and goings. Scout hates going there, because her Aunt Alexandra always tells her that she should be more lady like-she should wear dresses and not pants, girls' toys must be tea sets and jewellery. Aunt Alexandra hurts Scout's feeling and makes her sit at a little table in the dining room instead of grown ups table, where Jem and Francis are sitting. Francis is a grandson of Aunt Alexandra. Scout tells Francis that he is the most loving child she had ever met, and says that talking to him gives her the feeling of settling slowly to the bottom of the ocean. The only good thing about being at the Landing is Aunt Alexandra's excellent cooking. After dinner Francis and Scout are in the backyard. She tells Francis she is going to marry Dill, and she takes his mockery until he calls Atticus, a nigger lover and accuses him of ruining the family and won't be able to walk the streets of Maycomb again. The first meeting with Aunt Alexandra shows her to be a dominating and traditional presence with strong opinion about how Scout ought to behave. Her imposition of ideas of what a Southern lady should do become a constant reminder for Scout that she is always doing something wrong. However she is always comforted by the accepting and open minded attitude of Atticus who doesn't mind her too much the way she is .Scout's behaviour constantly flies in the face of traditional Southern ...read more.

Conclusion

The rabid dog is a deadly, dangerous menace to the town, and its presence affects everyone in the community, black or white, irrespective of class or personality. Thus the dog creates a unifying effect over the neighbourhood -no one is immune to it, and everyone must take over it together including the Radleys. The presence of the rabid dog is an emergency that makes everyone equal for a few moments. Atticus does not like to shoot, his role as a marksman in hitting the rabid dog calls for him to stand as a defender of all the people, not just blacks or whites. When he holds the gun the fate of the entire community rests upon his shoulders. Atticus is not the only important figure in the crisis. Calpurnia is the one to recognise the serious nature of the situation, make the right phone calls, and runs out to warn the neighbours. She spares many people from death, yet she gets no credit for it when compared to Atticus who actually shoots with the gun to kill the dog. Though Atticus's skill with a gun is remarkable, Calpurnia's swift action and knowledge are invaluable. This is an example of how the black community in Maycomb helps the white community in ways that may not always be realized and despite the amount of prejudice and discrimination that they suffer, they make many unsung contributions to the society Atticus' warning about shooting a mockingbird is the first mention of the mockingbird theme. The idea coincides with his distaste for hunting; Atticus doesn't want his children to inflict cruelty upon the innocent mockingbirds just because they have the power of the air guns, just as he doesn't like to shoot. His warning serves to emphasize the responsibilities that came with power. Those who have power must be careful not to unleash cruelty upon beings that are innocent and harmless. Miss Maudie fills the gap for the children, truly evaluating for them the quality of their father. ...read more.

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