2. When Scout observes Walter, she says that, “Walter looked like he had been raised on fish food”. Before this, Scout explains to Miss Caroline that Walter is a Cunningham and that he does not have lunch and cannot pay her back a quarter to buy lunch so he wouldn’t take the quarter. It shows that families in the Great Depression often did not have money and so went hungry. Walter was an example, but his family’s ways made him unable to borrow the quarter.
3. Atticus advises her to do so to understand people, so Scout tries to think like Jem and figure out what was in his mind. This is significant because it shows that Scout is maturing enough to understand that Jem wants to be left alone for awhile.
4. Jem and Scout receive air rifles for Christmas, but Atticus won’t teach them how to shoot. He
says that they can shoot at bluejays, but never shoot a mockingbird because it is a sin. After this encounter, Jem and Scout ask Miss Maudie, and she says, “Mockingbird’s don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” She reinforces what Atticus says and tells the children the ideal that it is a sin to kill or harm anything that is innocent.
5. Boo Radley is a mysterious character that Scout, Jem, and Dill ponder about constantly. He is a magnet for their curiosity as well as a measuring stick of their maturity. The children try to understand him because they cannot do what Atticus advises when dealing with people’s actions, to climb into their skin and walk around in it. As Scout matures, she starts to climb into Boo Radley’s skin and walk around in it. She asks the question of whether Boo Radley stays inside his home because he wants to, instead of thinking that he is dead or insane. This shows her maturation and greater insight. Boo Radley and the Radley Place also help the setting of the story, and explain the behaviors of certain persons in the town. For example, Cecil Jacobs takes a much longer route to go to school just so he can stay away from the Radley Pl