To Kill a Mocking Bird

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How does Harper Lee create tension in chapter 11?

All the way through the book, Scout talks about an elderly, horrible neighbor, Mrs. Dubose who is  Restricted to a wheelchair.’’ If she was on the porch when we passed her wrathful gaze would rake us ...’’ this merely expresses the hatred she has towards these two children. It was impossible to go to town without passing her house unless we wished to walk a mile out of the way. ‘’ This demonstrates to the reader that anywhere they want to go they have to be constantly reminded of Mrs. Dubose.’’She was vicious’’. This makes the reader start to think of her in a negative way due to the way the children portray her. Tension is created on P.107 when Mrs. Dubose starts threatening Jem and Scout that she is going to call up the principle and inform their father that they are going to town. Scout starts to become agitated and disturbed when Mrs. Dubose says ‘’ a finch waiting on tables at the O.K café hah!’’ At this point, we question whether scout will act upon it. ‘’Come on scout don’t pay attention to her, just hold your head high a be a gentleman’’. We see that Jem was trying to calm Scout down and take her away from the situation without causing any trouble. Mrs. Dubose snaps at Jem and Scout from her seat on the front porch as they pass.  One afternoon, as Jem and Scout go by Mrs. Dubose on their way into town, Mrs. Dubose makes a loud and disparaging comment about Atticus "lawing for niggers". This engages the reader to find out how the children will respond to this harsh and hurtful comment. She snarled, "Your father's no better than the niggers and trash he works for!" . The children bristle with anger as they run off to town.  On their way home Jem storms into Mrs. Dubose's yard and tramples her prized camellias. This grabs the attention of the reader as it is considered as key moment in chapter eleven we can sense that they will both be in a lot of trouble due to what Jem has just done. As usual, Atticus...
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