Dialectical Journal

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Rumor: “When people’s azaleas froze in a cold snap if was because he had breathed on them….Radley pecans would kill you. A baseball hit into the Radley yard was a lost ball and no questions asked.”(Chapter 1, pages 10-11)| Scout is talking about what would happen to you if you went anywhere near the Radley’s place or if you ate anything off their property, which would mainly be the pecans. This quotation is important because it shows the rumors that people have been spreading about Boo Radley even though his neighbors nor the children had personally met Boo or had personally witnessed a nut from the Radley’s place killing someone because it had poison in it. The reader learns from this that the people, not just the children, believed anything they heard and wouldn’t go any deeper to find out if rumors where true.(105 words)| Rumor: “So Jem received most of his information from Miss Stephanie Crawford,…According to Miss Stephanie, Boo was sitting in the livingroom cutting some items from The Maycomb Tribune to paste in his scrapbook. His father entered the room. As Mr. Radley passed by, Boo drove the scissors into his parent’s leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities. Mrs. Radley ran screaming ran screaming into the street that Arthur was killing them all…”(Chapter 1, page 13)| Scout is telling the reader what rumors Jem has heard from Miss Stephanie Crawford about Boo Radley stabbing his father. This quotation is important because it shows the reader how the whole town is misjudging Boo Radley of being a delinquent and doing bad things as a kid. The reader learns from this that Boo is going to be judged from all the simplest stuff that he will do in life as long as he doesn’t go out.(78 words)| Truth: “Atticus was the second reason I wanted to quit the game. The first reason happened the day I rolled into the Radley front yard….I had heard another sound, so low I could not have heard it from the...
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