When he sees the children Atticus is very frightened. In these two chapters, Lee uses Scout to help the reader gain a better understanding of the Maycomb community and how it functions. Scout discovers she has been draped with a blanket for warmth, and it was Boo who put it round her! Jem is clearly still distraught by the trial, and needs time to allow his still adolescent mind to understand the events in a more adult way. The attack occurs all around Scout and the sense of her helplessness makes the account of the violence more intense. Chapter Twenty Outside the court we meet Dolphus Raymond, a man who pretends to be a drunkard to make it easier for people to accept that he lives with a black woman!. That evening, Scout tells Atticus about her day, hoping that she won't have to go back to school — after all, Burris Ewell doesn't. He unbuttons his jacket and waistcoat to speak to them man-to-man- the jury are all men, and all white.
One day during Current Events, Scout's class gets into a discussion about Hitler and the persecution of the Jews. Dill is unhappy with his new stepfather, but readers sense that summers in Maycomb have become part of Dill's sense of place. Fifteen years later Boo stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors, but his father refused to send Boo to an asylum. But while no one with a grain of sense trusted Miss Stephanie, Jem and I had considerable faith in Miss Maudie. Scout and Dill return to the courtroom in time to hear the last half of Atticus' impassioned speech to the jury. Prejudice certainly does come to play in the court proceedings, but Lee explores much deeper human emotions and societal ideals than the straightforward mistreatment of a person based on skin color.
In fact, during this summer, she, Jem, and Dill will probably learn the most important and lasting lessons of their lives. Keep in mind that Calpurnia's actions do not necessarily mean that she agrees with this separation; she is simply acting in a way that is consistent with life in the Southern United States during this time period. Lee deftly adds to the impact of the respect the African American community has for Atticus by ending a chapter with this action. He loses a public job because of laziness, and realizes that he's been proven a liar and made to look a fool. Lee uses these chapters to provide an exquisite ending to a powerful novel by allowing circumstances to come full circle.
The neighborhood is abuzz with talk of the trial, and Miss Stephanie questions the children relentlessly until Miss Maudie sides with Atticus and puts an end to the discussion. A swept yard was typically kept neat and clean using straw sagebrush brooms. Her feelings about plants are symbolic of the way some townspeople feel about others. National Recovery Act one of the measures by which President Franklin D. Just before lunch, Miss Caroline discovers that one boy, Walter Cunningham, has brought no food and does not go home to eat. Aunt Alexandra calls for the doctor, and Atticus calls for the sheriff.
Chapters 22-25 Chapter Twenty Two Next morning Atticus discovers huge amounts of food left for him by the black community. Every time Scout and Jem pass the Radleys' home, they run at full speed. Note that the only adult the children don't refer to as Miss or Mrs. Jem and Scout are forced to once again alter their definition of bravery in these chapters, as well. Although most of the lies are meant to keep people out of trouble, some of these untruths will have dire consequences for the town as a whole. Expecting it to be the sheriff and his crew, Scout jumps out of hiding to greet them.
However, for the black community, the news of Tom's death is devastating, as exemplified by Helen's collapse. It's not until the end of the chapter that Scout reveals that she heard laughter inside the Radley home when she rolled into their yard in the old tire. Mobs take on a life of their own, but they're still composed of people. When Atticus understands the sheriff's motivation, he relents, realizing that it is in everyone's best interests to allow Boo to unofficially punish the Ewell's for the crime of trying to send Tom to his death. For all she's been through, she still feels best sitting on Atticus' lap, having him read her to sleep. She starts with her family history: Simon Finch fled England to escape religious persecution. Radley shot at a Negro in his collard patch.
She shows him how to gently stroke Jem's hair. Throughout the novel, Lee has been working on two levels. In the end, he ended up back in the Radley Place. Ewell won't really take any action on his threats. The sheriff, Heck Tate, takes a dimmer, more realistic view of human nature than Atticus. Several people they recognized went into town including a man named Mr. Calpurnia confirms that the dog is very sick, and consequently, very dangerous.
Dill is a crucial character in the story because he is both an insider and an outsider. With Scout out of the room, she comments that they really don't need a housekeeper now that she's come to stay, recommending that Atticus let Calpurnia go. Cecil Jacobs, a classmate of Scout's runs out to scare them, and definitely succeeds. In the American South during this time period, segregation was the law. The novel ends with Scout looking at her neighborhood with new eyes from the Radley front porch, wondering what Boo thinks about all this. Scout was feeling sick and Alexandria allowed Scout to have a table spoon of coffee in her milk.
This chapter continues to provide a building tale of suspense, as the book is clearly coming to a close, and we will soon learn how Jem broke his arm, and the final events the novel has been leading up to. Consequently, the children are surprised when they ironically experience prejudice while attending Calpurnia's church. Dill goes back to Mississippi for the school year, and Scout turns her attention to starting first grade — something she's been waiting for all her life. Jem's quest to build a snowman requires some ingenuity on his part. She takes Boo home and, realising he will always be a damaged person, knows that she will never see him again. These perceptions become important as the story progresses. Even though it seemed like he ran his court very laid back, Scout said that he had and order to it.