Tate the Sheriff asks Scout to retell the story and as she retells the story she says that she thinks that Jem fought off Mr. Additionally, the first few chapters serve as an introduction to the town of Maycomb. He knows he will be facing a difficult trial and much criticism from his neighbors, but he is resolved to do it nevertheless. Ewell said that he would. When Scout attempts to explain these circumstances, however, Miss Caroline fails to understand and grows so frustrated that she calls Scout up and tells her to stick out her hand.
The accident left him unable to use his left arm. She shouts at him and yells that the courtroom would have to be a bunch of cowards not to convict Tom Robinson; she then bursts into tears, refusing to answer any more questions. The children play freely, the neighbors gossip innocently on the streets, and everything moves very smoothly. Scout tires to explain that Walter will never be able to pay the money back, as his family is so poor they often pay Atticus with things like turnip greens when they need legal help. Miss Maudie's reaction to the fire confuses the children as well. The storyline is based in Maycomb, a small town in Alabama in the 1930s where Scout lives with her elder brother Jem, and her father, Atticus, who is widowed. Tate had described and he asked Mr.
When she does, Tom stands up to reveal an almost useless left arm. Next, Tom Robinson is called to the stand. He says that this was around sunset. Christmastime soon arrives and Atticus' brother, Uncle Jack, comes to visit. There are several important ideas introduced in these first few chapters. Jem, Scout, and Dill were all sitting watching the trial start.
But Jem showed kindness by inviting him over for dinner. She testifies that she asked Tom Robinson to chop up a dresser in return for a quarter, and that when she turned around Tom attacked and raped her. Judge Taylor allowed the question. Scout-is well-educated and from well-established home-is a stark contrast to children like Walter and Burris. They are all eating when Scout makes fun of the way Walter eats his food. Gilmer was done questioning Mr. Despite the heroic depictions, some critics have come up to maintain the assertion that his figure is irrelevant in the modern profession as he existed in a past era where racism and injustice were the order of the day.
The town shows a fear and confusion towards the Radley family. The children don't realize that the cuts on Miss Maudie's hands are evidence of the grief she chooses not to show. Despite the fact that Mayella has doomed him a likely terrible sentence, he does not criticize her. The draft was completed in 1957 and is set in a timeline 20 years after the time depicted in To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel centers largely around the Finch family and, in the first chapter, they are introduced. She relates the plot to the events that took place in her hometown at the age of 10 in 1936. Neither fires nor cold are common in Maycomb, and the community is forced to look at situations from a different perspective.
The exaggerated demarcation between good and bad renders the trial more important for its symbolic portrayal of the destruction of an innocent by evil. In another nod to how their world is changing, Jem and Scout have a chance to meet Boo Radley, but are too absorbed in something else to notice. To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 17. At aged nineteen, Mayella is Bob Ewell's eldest child. After his father died, Boo's brother, Nathan, moved into the house with Boo. Analysis of Part 1 Chapters 1 - 8 The first chapters of the novel paint the town of Maycomb as a quiet and idyllic town.
The method of narration applied allows the author to fuse the simplicity of childhood observations with the adulthood situations intricate with veiled motivations and unquestioned custom. On the night in question, Bob Ewell says he was coming home from the woods when he heard screaming coming from the house. School is closed, so Jem and Scout spend their day trying to build a snowman. The blatant prejudice seen in this trial is appalling, and certainly an issue that the reader cannot ignore. They draw their assumptions from the notion that he does not put his skills to use against the racist status quo in Maycomb. Miss Fisher realizes that Walter Cunningham has forgotten his lunch. Ewell tried to get off the Witness stand and sit in the crowd and as he quickly went to a seat he bumped into Atticus who was about to question him.
Part One, Chapter 1 Summary The story is narrated by a young girl named Jean Louise Finch, who is almost always called by her nickname, Scout. Scout observes that Atticus is building a picture of Mayella's life for the jury. Dubose was addicted to morphine, but that she wanted to die on her own terms. Lesson Summary Although previous chapters have implied the Ewells are lying, the events in chapter 18 leave no doubt as to whether Bob and Mayella are telling the truth. Widow Scout describes as chameleon lady, hates her house and gardens.