To Kill a Mockingbird – Reading Response #3
As I continue To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, new characters was introduced and the story gets more interesting. As chapter ten begins, Scout feels slightly ashamed of her father, because it seems like he doesn’t do anything remarkable. Atticus warns Scout and Jem that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” One day, a mad dog appears, wandering around the neighborhood; Heck Tate gives Atticus a rifle and tells him to shoot the dog. To Jem and Scout’s amazement, Atticus hit the dog in one shot, Miss. Maudie tells them that Atticus as a young man was the best shot in the county. Scout was eager to brag about it at school, but Jem tells her to keep it a secret, because if Atticus wanted them to know, he would have told them. Mrs. Dubose is a very mean, sick and old lady, she always yells at Jem and Scout as they pass by her house. Atticus warns them to be nice to her, but one day Jem loses his temper and destroys all of her camellia bushes. As punishment, Jem has to read to her everyday for a month. Mrs. Dubose was addicted to morphine, and Jem’s reading sessions helped her fight this addiction, but she dies a little while after Jem’s punishment ends. Atticus gives Jem a box that Mrs. Dubose left for Jem, and in it lays a single white camellia. When Jem reaches the age of twelve he has matured and he wants Scout to do so too. Scout gets upset and looks forward to Dill’s arrival in the summer, but to her disappointment, he does not come to Maycomb this year. Dill’s mother has remarried and he has to stay with his family in Meridian. The state legislature is called into session, forcing Atticus to travel to the state capital for two weeks. Calpurnia takes the children to a “colored” church, later she was being criticized for bringing white children to church. After...
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