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. Gilmer has allowed Mayella to tell her story, it is Atticus's turn. The children's attempt to trace the main incident in the novel Jem's broken arm back to its roots, leads them to wonder whether it all began when Dill first arrived in Maycomb and became their friend, or whether the real origins lie deeper in their ancestral history and the chance events that brought the Finch family to Maycomb. Scout and Jem get in a fight that lasts all day. Analysis At this point in the story, readers may be tempted to think that Tom Robinson's trial is basically about white prejudice against African Americans. Scout and Dill return to the courtroom in time to hear the last half of Atticus' impassioned speech to the jury.
In the balcony, Scout questions whether Mayella has 'good sense' as Mayella begins to answer questions. When he noticed the children were all gone, she tells him she had been saving up enough money for all the children to go buy ice cream at once-thus she planned for them to get out of the house. She claims that when she went to retrieve the nickel, he attacked her, grabbing her around the neck, hitting her repeatedly, and finally raping her. Glossary bantam cock a small but aggressive person; a bantam is a small domestic fowl. Boo was eventually brought back to the Radley home.
In this section of the novel, Aunt Alexandra seems to be representative of the outside world and adulthood. GradeSaver, 29 July 2007 Web. Scout mentally recollects how Mr. They did not go to church, Maycomb's principle recreation, but worshipped at home. Chapter 18 Analysis Mayella lies her way through the trial.
Here, Scout and Jem watch their father in action. Atticus asks for more details about the struggle, then he asks many questions which Mayella doesn't answer: Why didn't the other children hear her screaming? In Chapter 4, we see that the schools have attempted to teach children how to behave in groups and how to be upstanding citizens, but Scout notes that her father and Jem learned these traits without the kind of schooling she is getting. This chapter builds the trial's suspense quite significantly, as the reader begins to understand Atticus's situation. Although Jem and Scout don't know he is going to the jail until they decide to sneak out and they see him reading a newspaper in front of the jailhouse. Only Miss Maudie refuses to go, saying that watching someone on trial for his life is like attending a Roman carnival. Throughout the story, Dill acts as an observant conscience for the town. Had Tom Robinson been a woman accused of seducing a white man, the outcome of the trial would be no different.
After giving a very legal definition of rape that clears up nothing for Scout, Atticus asks why Scout doesn't ask Calpurnia. Expecting it to be the sheriff and his crew, Scout jumps out of hiding to greet them. Pity must be reserved for Tom Robinson, whose honesty and goodness render him supremely moral. Scout as well as Judge Taylor is genuinely surprised when Mayella claims that Atticus is mocking her. The book opens by mentioning how at age twelve, Jem broke his arm. She is initially reluctant to say Tom's name when asked to name her rapist, but she does surrender to fear and accuse him, thus putting her fear of public humiliation over the value of his life.
On reaching their house, he had found the girl on the floor, badly beaten up. She often looks up to Atticus, who always displays an upright, solidly moral response for his reactions to events. They sneak under a wire fence and go through a gate. Analysis The first chapter's emphasis on family history and stories within stories describes the rigid social ties that hold society together in the little town of Maycomb, Alabama, and the inescapable links that tie an individual to his or her family or clan. When Atticus rises to interrogate her, Mayella is extremely frightened.
Tate when it had happened and for him to describe her injuries. Truthfully, Tom's testimony actually embarrasses the Ewells more. Gilmer treated Tom Robinson with such disrespect, while Atticus was polite to Mayella. One of the men tells Atticus that he needs to make his children leave, and he obviously means this as a threat. He says that this was around sunset. Instead, her son, who can read, sings out a line of a hymn and the crowd repeats it. When he finally got to the window he saw Tom Robinson on top of Mayella.
When he got inside, there was nothing wrong with the door, and he noticed that the other children were gone. Bob Ewell takes the witness stand next, and Scout gives some background information about his family. One does not love breathing. After fifteen years living at home, the thirty-three-year-old Boo is rumored to have stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors and then quietly continued about his business of cutting out newspaper articles. Alexandra seems to believe the children would benefit from a feminine influence, and so she has decided to stay for a time. To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 17.
The children begin to leave but, just then, a group of cars shows up. Scout says that the Ewells house looked like a daycare for the mentally ill because toys were strewn in the yard and all the toys were broken and picked from the trash. Mayella just says that she was taken advantage of, and if the upper class gentlemen won't prosecute Tom, they are cowards. Several days after Dill's appearance, a group of men shows up at Atticus' house-including the sheriff- with news that Tom Robinson is being transferred to another jail. It is mentioned that he had earlier been in trouble with the law for disorderly conduct. Then the magnitude of her bruises are discussed. Atticus leaves the house around 10 o'clock to go to the jail.