Scout can maintain her youthful identity for now, but when Aunt Alexandra moves in with the Finch family during the trial, she will find herself more directly torn between two worlds - her childhood innocence and the ideal behavior of a Southern lady. His warning serves to emphasize the responsibilities that come with power. In the confusion, someone drapes a blanket over Scout. Soon, Dill becomes fascinated with the nearby Radley house, and more particularly with the legendary Boo Radley who lives inside. Summary: Chapter 11 On the way to the business district in Maycomb is the house of Mrs. Lee does an expert job of getting this message across to readers simply by having the children call Atticus by his first name. Dubose dies just a little longer than a month later.
Dubose is lying in bed, and she looks friendly but her face is old and hideous. Scout chooses to accompany Jem. Dubose, a cantankerous old lady who always shouts at Jem and Scout as they pass by. Heck brings a rifle and asks Atticus to shoot the animal. The reason that the Radley's are so feared in the community is because of Boo Radley, and that he has not been seen for a long time, so people think he is a scary ugly phantom.
Chapter 12 offers the one real window into the life and culture of Maycomb's black community. After the service, Scout asks Reverend Sykes why Helen needs the collection money when she can still go to work and take her children with her. In the end, he ended up back in the Radley Place. Aunt Alexandra hurts Scout's feeling and makes her sit at the little table in the dining room at dinner instead of the grown-up table, where Jem and are sitting. Dubose asks Scout and Jem to read to her for one more week. The story is narrated by Jean Louise Finch who is usually called by her nick name, Scout. Jem invites him over for dinner and Scout is perplexed by the way he is eating.
The narrative outlines the children's activities, including sneaking around the Radley house, finding presents left in the tree, discovering the hole has been filled with cement, and watching Miss Maudie's house burn down. Dubose, Jem has helped her remain strong and address her morphine addiction. Dubose is an example of true courage. To make matters worse, Atticus has to leave for two weeks for an emergency session with the state legislature. She says he doesn't shoot unless he has to, because he feels that when he holds a gun, God has given him an unfair advantage over living beings.
The children introduced in these chapters are a microcosm of their families. Atticus reluctantly takes aim and shoots the dog. Chapter 7 -The prizes keep appearing everyday, so they get curious until the knothole gets cemented by Nathan Radley. . Scout will not accept insults about her father and fights Cecil. Scout is different from other children. Radley dies, and Atticus goes to the Radley house to pay his respects.
That evening, Scout tells Atticus about her day, hoping that she won't have to go back to school — after all, Burris Ewell doesn't. The First Purchase church is noticeably shabbier and simpler than Scout's church, reflecting the material poverty of its congregation. They appear to be the same, but danger lurks beneath. Scout has been trying out swear words on the theory that Atticus won't make her go to school if he finds out she learned them there, but after dinner Uncle Jack tells her not to use them in his presence unless she's in an extremely provoking situation. Ironically, Miss Maudie is happy to be forced to have a smaller house because she wants a bigger garden. The next day Miss Maudie is happy and says that she didn't even like her old house.
Thus, it becomes every individual's responsibility to act with the group's common goals in mind. However, though materially poor, the congregation displays a richness in human and spiritual dignity. Atticus admires their work, but suggests they disguise the identity of their creation to avoid offending their neighbor. Instead, it is about knowing you're going to lose but sticking to your views and fighting anyway. Later in the chapter we find out that Mrs. Dubose ridiculed Atticus for defending Tom Robinson, he calls her the most courageous person he ever knew, a person who knew she was beaten and still fought no matter what.
Lee gives the reader a first glimpse into Atticus' reasoning abilities and personal beliefs in his choice to compromise with Scout rather than confront or ignore Miss Caroline. Dubose give him an opportunity to show Jem what he considers real courage. Dubose leaves Jem constitutes a distillation of what Atticus considers her essential goodness. Atticus gives Jem a box that Mrs. Atticus clearly encouraged Scout to be her own kind of girl, both directly and through his personal approach to his own life. This demonstrates that the two groups, though so socially segregated, share much in common where the issue of faith is concerned. But things are only going to get worse as the case gets closer.
Personal conscience isn't a democracy. Atticus does not brag about his strengths or talents, he simply uses them when necessary. Jem and Scout are forced to once again alter their definition of bravery in these chapters, as well. Although the children recognize that the dog's behavior is odd, he doesn't look mad to them. Dubose is an old lady who lives on the way to Maycomb's business district. The powerful must be careful in choosing whom they target.
Jem is usually calmer and quieter than Scout, but his outward calm often disguises as much hurt and anger as Scout feels and expresses. They live in Maycomb with their father, Atticus. Scout is surprised to hear Calpurnia speak in the same black dialect as the others, because at home, Calpurnia always speaks proper English. More recent linguistic research has demonstrated that the dialects of African-American English follow the same logical, systematic rules as all languages and are correct and perfectly contained unto themselves. When Nathan Radley plugs up the hole in the tree, Scout is disappointed but hardly heartbroken, seeing it as merely the end of their presents.