May 1, 2005
To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mocking Bird
In my diorama I depicted the scene of Jem walking Scout home from the Halloween pageant, in full ham-suit, when they are attacked in the woods by Bob Ewell. He first attacks Jem, and then Scout, until someone pulls him off of her, and Scout assumes it was Jem. The man who saved Scout and Jem was Boo Radley, the Finch's reclusive neighbor. He carries an unconscious Jem and scout back to their house, where Aunt Alexandra calls the doctor. Scout feared that Jem was dead, but he was only unconscious with a broken arm. When they find that Ewell was dead, Atticus tries vehemently to tell the sheriff that Jem killed him out of self-defense, but the Sheriff realizes that Boo killed him, and says that Ewell must have just fallen on his own knife.
I think this scene is important to the story because there is a lot of foreshadowing that leads up to it. On the way to the pageant Scout trips on the root of a tree, much like she does on the way home when they're attacked. Also Cecil Jacobs jumped out from behind a tree and scared them, almost exactly how Bob Ewell jumps out when he intends to kill them. The author also used this scene to show that much like Tom Robinson, Boo Radley had been prejudiced and stereotyped. I think that is why Sheriff Tate lies to protect Mr. Radley, because he wanted Atticus to help Tom Robinson when he was wrongfully accused, and as that hadn't turned out so well, he wanted to keep Mr. Radley from the same fate.
I thought To Kill A Mockingbird was an alright book, and it had some good points, but I probably wouldn't read it again, even though a lot of it was pretty funny. My favorite scene was the rabid dog, but the most important in my opinion was when the children are attacked. Overall I would give the book 3 out of 5 stars.