4- Jem and Dill come up with a daring plan to try to lure out Boo Radley. They decide to write Boo a note, asking him politely to come outside, and offering to buy him an ice cream. They found a shutter on the house that was loose, and decided that was where they would stick the letter. Scout met up with the boys, and they filled her in on their plan. Scout was nervous, but didn’t want to show it, so she agreed to stand watch. Jem would simply stand outside the fence closest to the window, and stick the note in the shutter with a fishing pole. His attempts were unsuccessful, and Dill, who had also been standing watch, got caught by Atticus, Jem and Scouts father.
5- Harper Lee shows empathy in this novel by Jem and Scout in their dealing with Walter Cunningham. One characteristic shown of Jem and Scout is their ability to empathize or “… climb into their skin and walk around in it.” (page 31) Jem develops a high level of emotional intelligence that allows him to understand other’s situations, and what they might be thinking or the way they will act. This characteristic is first revealed when Jem stops Scout from beating up Walter Cunningham in the schoolyard and invites him over for dinner. Scout develops her empathy when Calpurnia takes her into the kitchen and explains the Cunningham’s situation. “Yo’ folks might be better’n the Cunningham’s but it don’t count for nothin’ the way you’re disgracin’ ‘em….” (Page 26). Through the course of events involving Walter Cunningham, both Jem and Scout learn to climb into the skin of Walter and enhance their ability to empathize.
6- In chapter 10, Miss Maudie explains that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird because “mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to listen to and enjoy.” She also says that “… they don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in concribs…” Miss Maudie explains that a mockingbird is a bird that doesn’t eat crops or purposefully harm humans; all it does is make music. In...
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