“Besides, nothin’s real scary, except in books.”

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  • What passage or passages strike you as interesting or singular and why?
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Mockingbird blog #13

50 thoughts on ““Besides, nothin’s real scary, except in books.”

  1. What was most interesting to me, wasn’t when Mr. Ewell attacked Jem and Scout, but rather what happened afterwords.

    After the Halloween event at school, Jem and Scout were walking home. When the were nearly on their street, the thing that they thought they heard ended up being a man out for revenge. Mr. Ewell didn’t think he had done enough, and wasn’t satisfied with just insulting people and spitting in Atticus’s face. When Mr. Ewell went at Jem and Scout, he was trying to kill. If it weren’t for Scout’s costume, she probably would have died. And Jem got lucky, he only broke his elbow, Mr. Ewell knocked him down and went after Scout, probably because he thought that Jem was down for good. And if it weren’t for Jem’s and Scout’s savior they both would have been down for good. Boo Radley saw what was happening, and rushed to help them. He stabbed Mr. Ewell with a kitchen knife and carried Jem home.

    Later, sheriff Tate came to the house to check on Scout and Jem, and to find out what happened. after Scout explained what she thought happened, Heck Tate claimed that Mr. Ewell had fallen and stabbed himself. Tate knew what really happened and didn’t want Boo to have any chance of getting in trouble, so he claimed that Mr. Ewell was just clumsy. Atticus, being the lawyer he is, didn’t like this. Atticus wanted to find out what actually happened and wanted to bring it to court, but Tate wouldn’t allow it. Tate said that it was his job to decide and he decided.

    What happened then surprised me. Atticus backed down and said that Bob Ewell fell on his knife and killed himself. He then thanked Boo, truly Arthur, Radley for helping Jem and Scout.

    And then something else happened. Scout took Arthur Radley home and saw what Arthur saw. She could imagine herself in his shoes. And she felt sorry but glad for him. She was able to do what Atticus said, and she out herself in someone else shoes.

    I very much liked “To Kill A Mockingbird” and I think that the ending was amazing. If I’m going to be honest, I got a bit emotional about it. But that also could have been because it was 2:30 am when I read the ending. I liked this book, and I think the rest of the class did too. At least I hope.

    For the essay, I think that a compare and contrast essay would be cool for “To Kill A Mockingbird” but that’s just my opinion. I like the idea of writing another comparing essay.

    • Well, you shouldn’t be up that late. Lol. Anyway, I liked the book too. Next, great blog! You explained your ideas very thoroughly.

    • Very interesting that Atticus backs down and doesn’t try to find out the real reason behind Mr. Ewell’s death. I feel like throughout this novel Atticus never really approved of Boo, and now it’s almost like he finally realizes that he isn’t out kill everyone. On the quite contrary, he’s trying to protect Jem and Scout. I think this is Atticus finally giving the OK to Boo Radley as a decent person.

    • Nice job Remy. I totally agree with you about al the emotions in the book. I was genuinely scared when I thought Jem was dead.

  2. We finally finished the book! Many interesting events happened here, from Bob Ewell causing danger in the town, to Boo finally coming out. The most interesting part of these final chapters, to me, is when Bob Ewell is stalking Jem and Scout, then gives chase. He causes Jem to badly break his arm, and causes himself to die from his knife in his ribs. It turns out that Ewell didn’t directly mean to kill Atticus, but to get him emotionally. He did, and he died doing it. He was about to kill Scout and Jem! He almost got to Scout, as shown by the markings on her meat costume, which was possibly what saved her. Atticus thinks that Jem killed Bob Ewell, which was what shocked him. Heck Tate, however thinks otherwise. He thinks that Bob Ewell tripped while he was chasing the children and fell on his knife. This is the incident Scout was referring to at the beginning of the book. What was also surprising was that Boo actually came out of the house. Partly, I was surprised that he forced himself to come out, because he was locked in there for so many years. Also, him coming out shows Scout that he is not a demon, but instead, is a nice guy. Also, I have a question. When Atticus said, ‘thanks for my children’, does it infer that Boo protected the children? Or, did HE kill Bob Ewell.

    • I love how you made the point of hurting Atticus emotionally because that is exactly what he did. Great response Jacky you did an amazing job!

    • Jacky, this is a great post, and referring to your question, I think that it was Arthur who actually killed Bob. If you reread the part when Mr. Tate is explaining to Atticus about how he’s been the sheriff for a long time, you can see that he’s making up the story about Bob falling on his knife to cover up the fact that it was really Arthur. I was confused too at first, and I had to reread that part to figure it out. Wonderful response, though!

  3. Tonight, we finished the novel and to be honest, I’m really sad about it. Harper Lee gave this novel a wonderful ending and she did a great job of bringing everything to a close. So many amazing things happened in these chapters but one detail that I really enjoyed was how the question we had about the very beginning of the book when it starts with, “When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. ” (page 3) at the beginning we were all very confused about how that had happened to his arm and why it was important to the plot, now we know. When the kids were being watched and got attacked by Bob Ewell, Jem’s arm was broken right at the elbow from how he was grabbed. At first we had no idea how he was hurt or what significance it had to it but now we do and it all makes sense. Adding this at the beginning made the story feel entirely connected, it was a nice aspect of the story. It was crazy reading about what had happened to Scout and Jem and how much they had gone through in just one night. But what is even crazier is that we had known about it all along.

    • Good job Ryan! I totally forgot about the first page. You explained all your thoughts thoroughly. I’m upset that the book is finished too.

    • I totally agree. I love how Harper Lee made the novel go full circle. While we were reading the novel I thought that we were going too fast (until we slowed down a bit) but now looking back i realize that if we had gone any slower I probably wouldn’t have remembered the beginning sentence.

  4. After finishing the book tonight, one scene I found interesting was when it was revealed that Boo Radley had helped Jem and Scout escape from Bob Ewell. After walking home from the Halloween Pageant, Jem and Scout hear a few unsettling noises before something lunges out at them. Jem tells Scout to run, but before she can. “Something crushed the chicken wire around me. Metal ripped on metal and I fell… One’s mind works very slowly at times. Stunned, I stood there dumbly. The scuffling noises were dying; someone wheezed and the night was still again.” (page 351). While Scout is attacked, and Jem tries to defend her, some mystery man comes out of nowhere to help take out their unidentified attacker. The mystery man helps carry an injured Jem back to the Finch residence, with Scout in tow. This man is then revealed to be
    Boo Radley, as Scout states, “I half pointed to the man in the corner, but brought my arm down quickly lest Atticus reprimand me for pointing. It was impolite to point….“Hey, Boo,” I said.” (page 362). This scene, after so long, finally helped to clarify some things as to who Boo Radley is and his significance in the novel. Although Boo is still very mysterious, a different side of him is shown. So far, Boo has been presented in a way that suggests he is a scary, primitive being that stays locked in his house all day, almost like an animal. However, this passage shows him as an upstanding man that wants to help defend two young children. I thought this was a great move by Harper Lee, and it seemed to end the novel on a somewhat happy, or lighthearted note.

    One question I have after tonight’s reading is, Why is Bob Ewell so evil? Throughout the novel, he is presented as horrible in every possible way, and this scene just further extended this feeling. However, it is revealed that afterwards, Bob Ewell killed himself, making me wonder why and how it relates to his character as a whole. I believe this discussion in class will be very interesting tomorrow, and as I finish To Kill A Mockingbird, I realize it is bittersweet as it is truly a classic novel.

    • Great response! 🙂 I like how you compared Boo to an animal that hides out in his hole. About Mr. Ewell killing himself; it actually might have been Boo. There’s not much evidence to support that but it still might have been possible.

    • Matthew, your analysis is great. A possible answer to your question is that Bob Ewell does not make much money and it is difficult for him to raise all of his children. Maybe he is taking out his anger on others. I am not sure and hopefully, we will discuss this question in class.

      • Thanks for your responses on my question about Bob Ewell. Another possibility I forgot to bring up is that maybe Bob Ewell is just depressed, leading him to get angry and ultimately kill himself.

    • Great Job Matt! Your blog was fantastic. It was thorough and very well-explained. Your analysis with text-based evidence was great as well. Keep up the great work.

  5. The end of this book was amazing! I kept on wondering if Boo Radley would make another appearance or not, and when it turned out that he was the one that saved Jem and Scout, I was so happy/relieved/surprised/excited. (I can’t decide on a feeling.)
    After Boo and everyone else left the Finch’s, Scout found Atticus reading one of Jem’s books. Scout half listened to it, and when she was retelling it to Atticus to assure him that she wasn’t sleeping, she said, “‘…an’ Atticus, when they finally saw him, why he hadn’t done any of those things…Atticus, he was real nice….’” It seemed interesting to me that Jem had this book, because it really related to the fact that both Tom Robinson and Boo Radley didn’t necessarily do anything wrong, but people hated them anyway. Maybe after Robinson’s trial, Jem needed reassuring that sometimes, when people don’t do anything wrong but are convicted of it, they get free. People realize that they misjudged them, and apologize. This was not the case for Tom Robinson. He was put on trial and killed because people believed he did something that he really didn’t do. But Boo Radley has earned his respect and apology from Scout. Although she didn’t directly apologize to him, her actions conveyed her message. I think that Boo Radley might have an easier time coping with what he usually undergoes inside his house with the knowledge that at least someone in the town has shown anything but hate and fright towards him. My question is, that why didn’t Boo come out again? He must have known that Scout would have felt only delight in seeing him again, so why let her down? None of the neighbors had to see him come visit Scout. And what about Jem? Jem never got to see Boo!

    • I forgot to put the page numbers for my quote. Sorry.
      “‘…an’ Atticus, when they finally saw him, why he hadn’t done any of those things…Atticus, he was real nice….’” (376)

  6. Finishing the novel, Harper Lee cleared up many ideas or thoughts that were in our minds. She finally introduces Boo Radley as a person who Scout and Jem meet. We see a different side of Boo ourselves. We read his character as Scout describes him. He is the mental adolescent holed up in his home, never coming out. However, when Boo (Arthur) comes to save the two children, we see a good, protective side of Boo. Maybe his name doesn’t fit his character.
    I also feel that Harper Lee gave a good ending to Bob Ewell. It was a very “Bob Ewelly” way to die. If that makes sense. Bob Ewell was always out for his own good, always looking for revenge. Its only ironic that on his mission to avenge himself, that he got killed. Or he killed himself (reportedly).
    I love the ending of this novel, and I feel that Harper Lee did an excellent job.

    • Funny, I liked how you said, “It was a very Bob Ewelly way to die,” and I believe you are right. The death fits the character. Great analysis and great blog, Anjali.

  7. Wrapping up To Kill A Mockingbird, there are many interesting events that are wrapped up in the last chapters. The first one being the three unusual events that happened after the case. Specifically, involving the way Tom Robinson and Bob Ewell are regarded. What surprised me was right after we learn of Bob Ewell being fired. “Mr. Ewell found himself as forgotten as Tom Robinson,”(pg.332). Is Tom Robinson’s case really forgotten at this point? I certainly don’t think so, and we see another event proving so. Mr. Link Deas actually appears moved from the case. He decides to defend Helen Robinson from Bob Ewell and shows that he cares how she feels and whether or not she is uncomfortable. “‘…So get outa my sight! If you don’t think I mean it, just bother that girl again!’ Mr. Ewell evidently thought he meant it, for Helen reported no further trouble,”(pg.335). In class, throughout today’s discussion, I definitely understood that this is what Atticus had hoped for. The change of stopping racism isn’t something that can occur instantly, as it takes time. The court case is his way of saying that racism is no longer a problem that can be avoided, and that it’s been put off long enough. So, on quite the contrary, I don’t think that Mr. Ewell fears he is as forgotten as Tom Robinson. I think he fears that Tom Robinson, a negro, is going to be remembered, and that ten years from now, people will always remember Tom Robinson. But what about himself? People will instead be asking “Bob Ewell who?” Instead of getting his reputation improved beyond comprehension, he is now the one who is looked at as a monster. Which, also brings me to the conclusion that monsters may be a motif of this novel. Boo Radley is described as a monster, and people are constantly portrayed to act in a similar manner to a monster. Mrs. Dubose berated Jem and Scout for having a father that defends African Americans, and acts in a way that makes her seem like a monster. Aunt Alexandra, also saying the children couldn’t play with the Cunninghams because they were poor, which also is not right. Something worth talking about in class discussion I’d hope!

  8. “She left it at that. She brought me something to put on, and had I thought about it then, I would have never let her forget it: in her distraction, Aunty brought me my overalls. “Put these on, darling,” she said, handing me the garments she most despised.”

    Aunt Alexandra always told Scout to dress like a lady, act like a lady, and to be a lady. However, Aunt Alexandra’s care is shown, as she gives Scout her overalls, and not clothes she thinks is “lady-like”. Aunt Alexandra is starting to accept Scout’s personality and character. Aunt Alexandra is understanding that Scout should be true to herself.

    These last few chapters were very eventful, and we finally get to see more of Boo Radley, or Arthur. Arthur saves Scout and Jem. Why? Arthur feels a connection with Scout and Jem. He has been alone in his home for a very long time, and Scout and Jem allowed him to interact with others, while still remaining in his home. All the times Jem and Scout “played” with Boo Radley, has paid off.

    • Nice job! I’m pretty sure though that it was the heat of the moment that distracted Aunt Alexandra to stay lady-like.

      • This is a great moment to talk about Ellie, and a great response as well! However, Abigail, I don’t think I agree with the idea that it was just a happy accident that Alexandra gave Scout the overalls instead of something more ladylike. I think that Harper Lee purposely added this to show that Alexandra had in fact started to move on from her ideas that Scout has to be more of a lady. The text also shows that Alexandra was being more caring towards Scout than usual, calling her “darling” and even lovingly patting her (though awkwardly). This may be her way of showing Scout that she loves her for who she is, and that if the overalls are what make her happy, then that’s fine with her.

  9. The end of the novel came with a lot of surprises. The biggest of all was when Bob Ewell attempts to murder the children on their way home from the pageant. This was shocking and terryfying. Thankfully, Boo Radley comes to Scout and Jem’s rescue, but unfortunately Jem’s arm was broken in the process just like in the beginning of the book. Not only was Jem’s arm broken but the kid’s attacker Mr.Ewell was stabbed and killed. At the hospital, Scout meets the man who saved her and Jem’s life. This man is Boo Radley. The Boo Radley, the man who was demonized by the community for years when he really was kind man the whole time. Boo’s story resembles the story of Tom and most others African Americans of the South at the time. They were demonized and viewed as dangerous monsters when in reality most were innocent and good people but everyone was too ignorant and uninformed to see it. Just like Scout was to Boo Radley.

  10. “I never heard tell that it’ s against the law for a citizen to do his utmost to prevent
    a crime from being committed, which is exactly what he did, but maybe you’ll
    say it’s my duty to tell the town all about it and not hush it up. Know what’d
    happen then? All the ladies in Maycomb includin‘ my wife’d be knocking on his
    door bringing angel food cakes. To my way of thinkin’, Mr. Finch, taking the one
    man who’s done you and this town a great service an‘ draggin’ him with his shy
    ways into the limelight — to me, that’s a sin. It’s a sin and I’m not about to have it
    on my head. If it was any other man, it’d be different. But not this man, Mr.

    Our journey throughout this story has finally come to an end. A passage that struck me as I finished up the book is when Heck Tate and Atticus are arguing over who killed Bob Ewell (above). This whole scene confused me, but I’ve started to understand parts of what is happening. I’ve realized that Heck is actually talking about Boo. Boo Radley, not Jem, not Scout, or anyone else, killed Bob Ewell. He’s saying that Atticus might say he should tell the whole town how he had saved the Finch children. However, his conviction is that doing something like that to someone who rarely leaves his house is a wrong. Boo had “done [Atticus] and [Maycomb] a great service”, and repaying him by putting the spotlight on him is a sin to him. In this way, Heck is purposely ignoring that Arthur killed Bob Ewell as a way of thanks. Then, at the end of the chapter, Scout says, “well, it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?” Again, this theme of it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird surfaces. Scout means that Boo had done no harm, only a good deed, and telling everyone that he killed Bob would be a sin. Finally, Atticus says “Thank you for my children, Arthur.” Throughout the last few chapters, we see how much Scout and Jem mean to him. He states that they’re all he has. Now that Boo has saved them from what would be certain death, Atticus is extremely thankful. A question I have is: Why is Atticus so persistent on blaming Jem? I get that he wants to teach him a lesson for the future, but doesn’t he know that Boo was the one who killed Bob Ewell? I would like to discuss

  11. The end of the book was very interesting. The most important part is Scout’s connection of Boo Radley and a Mockingbird. If you really think about, Boo Radley never did anything wrong. For the most part, he is innocent and gentle. The reader learns that Boo has been misjudged by society for he is considered a monster to many people. The reader learns about the misjudgment when Boo first starts to leave gifts for Scout and Jem. His gifts do not make him a Mockingbird, but they show his true nature. When he saves Jem and Scout, he is a true Mockingbird. Even though he kills Bob Ewell, he gently carries Jem home and makes sure that he is alright. Atticus said that all a Mockingbird does is sing and bring peace to others. Boo never hurt anyone on purpose nor is he planning on doing such a thing. Boo only helps Scout and Jem. Another interesting scene is the conversation about Boo. “To my way of thinkin’, Mr. Finch, taking the one man who’s done you and this town a great service an‘ draggin’ him with his shy ways into the limelight — to me, that’s a sin. It’s a sin and I’m not about to have it on my head. If it was any other man, it’d be different. But not this man, Mr. Finch.” He pulled his nose, then he massaged his left arm. “I may not be much, Mr. Finch, but I’m still sheriff of Maycomb County and Bob Ewell fell on his knife. Good night, sir.” Atticus looked like he needed cheering up. I ran to him and hugged him and kissed him with all my might. “Yes sir, I understand,” I reassured him. “Mr. Tate was right.” Atticus disengaged himself and looked at me. “What do you mean?” “Well, it’d be sort of like shootin‘ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?” In a sense, making Boo Radley come out of hiding and not be shy is a sin just like killing a Mockingbird is a sin. Heck Tate does not want to “kill” Boo Radley so he makes up an excuse and tells Atticus that what he is saying is the truth. When Scout says that it is sort of like kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee is saying not to mess with the lives of people who have never done anything wrong. You should let them make their own decisions in life.

    • I like your interpretation of what to kill a mockingbird means. Your blog also was helpful in detailing the point of Boo Radley in the novel

  12. The end of this book surprised me in a way. Bod Ewell attempts to kill Jem and Scout. He tries to stab them while they are on their way back from the pageant. Boo Radley finally plays his part in the book, and saves them. The reader doesn’t know this until Scout was telling the story to the sheriff. This made it a little more dramatic. After Scout finishes they al go on the porch. Heck Tate and Atticus start discussing how Bob Ewell was stabbed. For some reason Atticus is saying that Jem stabbed him in self defense. This supprised me because Heck Tate was saying how he tripped and stabbed himself with the knife. Why would Atticus seemingly want Jem to have stabbed Bob Ewell? This confuses me. Overall the end of this book does something that a lot of books that I’ve read haven’t: it gave me closure. I was so happy when Scout walks Boo back home and steps into his shoes. She realizes his views. I almost cried at the end for what reason I’m not sure. It was just something about this book.

  13. At the end of the book, many more events transpire, and a character comes back into the story. First off, Bob Ewell tries to get revenge on Atticus by murdering his children. He ends up dying by allegedly tripping and falling on his knife in his attempted murder, and when Ewell said that he would pursue Atticus until he died, he really meant it. Atticus shockingly believes that Jem, his son was the one who killed Bob Ewell, but this is probably not true. Then, it is revealed that Boo Radley, the most mysterious character in the book, was the one who helped save Jem and Scout from being killed. Boo has found his way back into the storyline, and his seemingly fond spot for Jem and Scout became important in the end. Boo had given small gifts to the two kids earlier in their lives, and now, in the most important moments of their lives, Boo saved them. So, why is Boo Radley portrayed in such a negative light? He has done nothing but good for Scout and Jem, and now, he had saved two lives. It really shows that your reputation, and how people think about you can be changed or created in one single moment.

  14. At the conclusion of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, many significant events occur as the bildungsroman comes to an end. Many action-packed events took place in these final chapters making this very entertaining. As predicted, Bob Ewell carries out revenge on members of the Finch family. Personally, I believed it would be Atticus but it was Jem and Scout.In the story, Jem and Scout were brutally attacked by Bob as they were returning home from a school play. Jem was badly injured, while Scout was saved by her costume. Almost put to death, a man appears to rescue them. Surprisingly, this man is none other than Boo Radley, who killed Bob upon saving them. I loved how Harper Lee made the rescuer Boo, just like how in Great Expectations the secret benefactor was Magwitch. This made the story surprising, and interesting to read. Jem, Scout, and along with Boo are taken home, where Atticus and Heck Tate are. Although Boo had stabbed Bob, Atticus is under the notion that he fell on the knife and killed himself. I am so happy that Boo did this which makes me regret thinking he was just a weirdo. This novel ends as Atticus reads aloud to Scout on Jem’s room. I loved this book, and understand why it has become a classic of modern American literature.

  15. These final chapters are definitely shocking and surprising. After all these years of trying, Boo finally revealed himself, and all to a nearly fatal attack by Mr. Ewells! Mr. Arthur is definitely an interesting character. He was described as crazy and scary, giving him the name Boo Radley, but he seems like the opposite. If anything, Bob Ewells should be considered as Boo Ewells. He definitely seems to have an interest in the Finch children, who seem to be the only children willingly enough to go into his yard. He was never seen walking outside of his house, but I think that at night, when it becomes pitch black, that he goes out in the night. It would make sense since he had to put the items in the tree by directly pitting it in, and what reason would Radley out of the blue decides to go out on that particular night. Although there are several rumors against him, I believe that he is a kind yet self-conscious man.

    It is kind of a shocker that Ewells had killed himself. He must have been pretty drunk to be able to be in a position where he would be able to stab himself during a fight if he tripped. What really shocked me on how Atticus accused his own son of killing Ewells. What I think happened was that Bob Ewells had attacked the children, with Jem fighting back. Ewell of course knocks him out, but before he can finish them off, he trips and stabs himself. He dies, and Radley appears by the tree, and quickly carried Jem down to their house. I hope to hear more on what other’s opinions on this horrifying case during class today.

  16. After finishing the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, as a reader, I learned a lot about true Courtesy. Throughout the novel true courtesy is displayed. There are many different ways of acknowledging true courtesy but the one that took me by surprise was Arthur Radley. Growing up Arthur Radley was depicted as a crazy child. It is then when he gets the name Boo Radley. As to why his nickname is Boo, no one actually knows. Although, one theory is that he is scary and “Boo” is usually associated with scariness. Anyways, Author usually stayed inside, hidden from the outside and all the hate. Arthur started to leave candy and other things in the tree stump for Scout, the main character, and her brother, Jem. We don’t know why Arthur did it, but I think it is trying to show how true courtesy comes from the bottom of the heart. Also, when Scout is outside, freezing cold, Arthur gives her a blanket. Finally, in the end of the book, Arthur saves Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell. The same question kept popping in my head while reading this, why did he do what he did? Most people would just walk away and ignore the situation as it is not pertaining to them, but for some reason Arthur helped these people even though they always mocked him and bothered him. In my opinion, Harper Lee did this to us on purpose and wanted us to think about how Arthur went out of his way and showed true courtesy even at dangerous times. In summary, this book was a fabulous novel filled with many different journeys and tones. I would happily recommend this book to others seeking for a good novel.

  17. Ok. I am having trouble summing up my opinions on the ending of to kill a mockingbird. Warning this might be a long one. First of all, so many things happened. I was laughing at Mrs. Merriwether screaming “Po-ork!” and scout missed her cue. That happened to me during a show and I completely related to that scene. I feel like the pageant was supposed to represent how Maycomb has returned to normal and everything is fine now. That obviously wasn’t the case. When Jem and Scout (in her big ham costume) were attacked when walking home from the school house. Bob Ewell attacked Scout, but her bulky costume saved her. Thank goodness she decided to wear it home! Jem also suffered injuries, like his broken arm, but wasn’t killed. And guess who the hero was? Boo Radley! I knew Boo would make a comeback, and he represents how you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Scout and Jem always thought of him as this weird kid who stayed inside, but he ended up saving their lives. Boo stabbed Bob Ewell. Bob Ewell must have had so much pain in his life because he has neglected his own children, and tried to kill another man’s children. A theme that I saw through these last few chapters was death and guns. Mr. Tate told Atticus, “Mr. Finch, there’s just some kind of men you have to shoot before you can say hidy to ‘em. Even then. They ain’t worth the bullet it takes to shoot ‘em. Ewell ‘as one of ‘em.” (pg.309). Mr. Tate is saying how there are some men who are so low, it isn’t even worth shooting them. With Mr. Ewell, Atticus made an amazing summination and pretty much proved he was a liar, yet he is not affected a single bit. He is that same mean alcoholic and nothing can stop him. There was so many metaphors and deeper meanings I enjoyed in this book. Even if there were some uncomfortable topics, the lessons this novel taught changed me. I am so glad we got to read this as a class!

  18. The final chapters of the book, seemed to me to reveal the most information as of yet. “Yes sir, I understand,” I reassured him. “Mr. Tate was right.” Atticus disengaged himself and looked at me. “What do you mean?” “Well, it’d be sort of like shootin‘ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?” Atticus put his face in my hair and rubbed it. When he got up and walked across the porch into the shadows, his youthful step had returned. Before he went inside the house, he stopped in front of Boo Radley. “Thank you for my children, Arthur,” he said This quote, seemed to me to be monumental, as it has much information and spurs many questions. This portion of the text revealed to me just how much Arthur cares for the children and that he is quite the opposite of the Malevolent being the children originally perceive him to be. He is a rather caring person, even if he keeps to himself. In a way, he is a gentleman at heart. I did, however, have questions. How could Mr. Ewell be considered a Mockingbird? If so does this change our current definitions of the mockingbird? Overall these final chapters have been quite the curiosity, and I hope to solve these questions in class tomorrow.

  19. High above us in the darkness a solitary mocker poured out his repertoire in blissful unawareness of whose tree he sat in, plunging from the shrill kee, kee of the sunflower bird to the irascible qua-ack of a bluejay, to the sad lament of Poor Will, Poor Will, Poor Will.
    (p. 342)

    This quote mentions blue jays. Now, in this same chapter, Scout and Jem were attacked by Bob Ewell. Coincidence? I don’t think so. After a while of hypothesizing that blue jays symbolize Bob Ewell, we finally have confirmation. Additionally, I really liked the way that the blue jays were described. Scout says that blue jays are irascible. The definition of irascible, in case you don’t know, is having or showing a tendency to be easily angered. Remind you of anyone? Mr. Ewell is pretty much always angry at Atticus after the case, and does easily hold a grudge. Aunt Alexandra even says, “ ‘I don’t like it, Atticus, I don’t like it at all,’ was Aunt Alexandra’s assessment of these events. ‘That man seems to have a permanent running grudge against everybody connected with that case. I know how that kind are about paying off grudges, but I don’t understand why he should harbor one—he had his way in court, didn’t he?’ ” (p. 335). Mr. Ewell still holds grudges towards pretty much anyone who thinks that Tom was innocent, even though Ewell ended up winning in court.

    Now, my question is, on page 370, “‘Scout,’ he said, ‘Mr. Ewell fell on his knife. Can you possibly understand?’ Atticus looked like he needed cheering up. I ran to him and hugged him and kissed him with all my might. ‘Yes sir, I understand,’ I reassured him. ‘Mr. Tate was right.’ Atticus disengaged himself and looked at me. ‘What do you mean?’ ‘Well, it’d be sort of like shootin‘ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?’ ” I don’t understand what Scout says here. (I think Scout has gotten too wise for me.) What is she talking about when she says that it’s sorta like shooting a mockingbird? And why is whatever she is talking about like shooting a mockingbird? To be honest, I really didn’t get this at all, and I hope that in class tomorrow someone will be able to clear it up for me.

  20. Tonight we finished To Kill A Mockingbird. What I found most interesting was how Harper Lee made the novel go “full circle”. All throughout the novel I was trying to figure out how old narrator Scout is, just like we were trying to do in Great Expectations with future Pip, but Ms. Quinson wasn’t focusing on it which I found odd. Now I see that that was the greatest surprise at the end, so I’m glad Ms. Quinson didn’t focus on it. I think that it was a very smart beginning to the novel and I don’t see how it could have been don’t any other way.
    As for tonight’s chapters, I am so caught up on Mr. Tate saying that Mr. Ewell fell on the kife. I know that he didn’t want Jem to have to live with the pain of knowing that he killed someone, and that he wanted to protect Boo Radley, but I feel like Mr. Ewell brought his fate on himself by acting the way he did. I think that this would be a good discussion for class because it could be taken in so many different directions that everyone would be able to say something.

  21. After finishing the novel I see how this story tied everything together into an elegant little knot. The main thing that happened in the last chapters was that r Ewell attempted to kill Jem and Scout but got killed himself,

    “Then all of a sudden somethin 4 grabbed me and’ mashed my costume. . . think I ducked on the ground. . . heard a tusslin 4 under the tree sort of. . . they were bammin’ against the trunk, sounded like. Jem found me and started pulling me toward the road. Some — Mr. Ewell yanked him down, I reckon. They tussled some more and then there was this funny noise — Jem hollered. . .” I stopped. That was Jem’s arm. “Anyway, Jem hollered and I didn’t hear him any more and’ the next thing — Mr. Ewell was trying’ to squeeze me to death, I reckon. . . then somebody yanked Mr. Ewell down. Jem must have got up, I guess. That’s all I know. . .”

    There was a fight and the aftermath was Mr Eweels died and Jem badly broke his arm. Mr Ewell did this as an act of vengeance or Atticus showing the faults in Mr Ewell’s court case. At the beginning of the book we are told that Jem badly breaks his arm so that happens chronologically after this. Another major character is revealed during the fight. That person would be Arthur Radley. He is shy, only talking when he ask scout to take him home. Author seems normally in the sense that he exhibits none of the characteristics that Scout thought he would have. Jem originally makes fun of Arthur Radley by re enacting Arthur Radley’s rumored life; in the end of the book Arthur Saves Jem’s life. It is highly likely that jem actually killed Mr Ewells. Mr Heck Tate says that that man deserved to die and is not going to punish Jem. In my opinion this is not what should have happened. Jem wants to be a lawyer but that means accepting all parts of the law including what he doesn’t like. Jem may have done it accidentally and while trying to defend himself but he still committed manslaughter. If the law is only made for some people what is the point of having the law.

    • I really liked your response, and I like how you brought up how the book is now up to the part where we started. The structure of To Kill a Mockingbird could possibly be compared to that of Great Expectations. I hope we can compare and contrast the two novels tomorrow in class.

  22. After finishing the novel, I would like to discuss how Jem breaks his arm, and Mr. Ewell’s demise. Mr. Ewell had attacked the kids, which goes back to when he said “one day, about two more to go.” Mr. Ewell, a grown man, breaks a child’s arm, and then Mr. Ewell died. There was a surprise hero in the mix up, and that is Boo Radley. Of course Atticus expresses his gratitude to Boo by saying, “Thank you for my kids, Arthur.” I think that Boo Radley can be seen as a gentleman. He did something noble and rested the young kids, although he is anti-social. And I thought that it was funny how Boo had killed Mr. Ewell by STABBING HIM. (Sound familiar??) So I would like to conclude that class and being a gentleman shouldn’t matter where you come from, because many different characters throughout the novel have displayed good characteristics, and bad ones two.

  23. The last chapters of To Kill A Mockingbird were quite eventful, and very exciting. They looped back to the beginning of the novel as well, because we saw how Jem broke his arm. He and Scout were walking back from the pageant when they heard someone walking behind them. At first, they thought it was their friend, Cecil, but when they saw that he wasn’t relenting when they showed that they knew he was there, they realized it wasn’t Cecil, but someone else. This mystery stalker is revealed to be none other than Bob Ewell, who, in a change of events, ends up dying at the hands of his own knife. His killer is the illusive Boo Radley, who rushes to help Scout and Jem and stabs Ewell with his knife. We find out that it was Boo, or Arthur, during a conversation between Heck Tate and Atticus. I found this conversation very interesting and kind of confusing, to be honest, but it revealed a lot about the plot and about their characters as well.

    “I never heard tell that it’s against the law for a citizen to do his utmost to prevent a crime from being committed, which is exactly what he did, but maybe you’ll say it’s my duty to tell the town all about it and not hush it up. Know what’d happen then? All the ladies in Maycomb includin‘ my wife’d be knocking on his door bringing angel food cakes. To my way of thinkin’, Mr. Finch, taking the one man who’s done you and this town a great service an‘ draggin’ him with his shy ways into the limelight — to me, that’s a sin. It’s a sin and I’m not about to have it on my head. If it was any other man, it’d be different. But not this man, Mr. Finch.” Mr. Tate was trying to dig a hole in the floor with the toe of his boot. He pulled his nose, then he massaged his left arm. “I may not be much, Mr. Finch, but I’m still sheriff of Maycomb County and Bob Ewell fell on his knife. Good night, sir.” (pg 369-370)

    This quote shows a lot about Mr. Tate, specifically about how kind and understanding he is. He realizes that it would be like torture for Arthur to endure a whole crowd of people coming to his door to bring food and ask questions. He sees that Arthur isn’t the kind of person who relishes being a hero, and that he doesn’t require validation or compliments to make himself feel better.

    I think that Scout shows similar qualities in these chapters, especially towards Arthur. She takes notice of how unused to light he is, and she finds a seat for him that is specifically in a darker area so as to not bother him. She also seems to read his actions and emotions without him even having to say something.

    Once more, he got to his feet. He turned to me and nodded toward the front door. “You’d like to say good night to Jem, wouldn’t you, Mr. Arthur? Come right in.” An expression of timid
    curiosity was on his face, as though he had never seen a boy before. His mouth was slightly open, and he looked at Jem from head to foot. Boo’s hand came up, but he let it drop to his side. “You can pet him, Mr. Arthur, he’s asleep. You couldn’t if he was awake, though, he wouldn’t let you.”, I found myself explaining. “Go ahead.” I was beginning to learn his body English. His hand tightened on mine and he indicated that he wanted to leave. (pg 371-372)

    I like the idea that Scout treats Arthur with nothing but kindness and understanding, and that she doesn’t treat him like the demonized being that the community has made him out to be. This is a perfect way to end the novel, and to show how much Scout has grown up throughout the story. I’m sad that the book is over, but I look forward to discussing all of the events in these exciting last chapters tomorrow in class!

  24. After finishing this novel, the most significant event that had to occur was when Bob Ewell attacked both Jem and Scout and the infamous Boo Radley. Scout and Jem were walking back home from the school play when they kept on hearing strange noises coming from behind them. They weren’t afraid at first but their mindset differed as the figure came lunging towards them. He went straight for Scout and tried to stab her, but Jem interfered and defended her. Soon out of nowhere Boo Radley comes to the rescue and takes them back home.Jem is unconscious with a broken elbow(which ties into the beginning of the novel), but Scout is not so shne decides to talk to Boo Radley. She doesn’t find out his whole life story, but does find out the ways he views things and that in reality he actually is a nice guy, This can being the theme Appearance vs reality. Boo was seen as a scary insane person. If he was so crazy then why would he save Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell. Which brings us to the end of Bob Ewell, which is evident to be pointing to Boo. I feel a little sympathetic for the reason that their family seemed to be struggling greatly, But overall Bob got what was coming for him. Harper Lee really did a good job of intertwining the two resolutions of two different conflicts brought forth in the book. Even though there is still some mystery about Boo Radley,, I think that there is a reason to it. Probably because no one knows Boo Radley’s story and no one ever will. All in all I really liked this book and I’m a little upset that we finished it.

  25. The last chapters of To Kill A Mockingbird were eventful. The main highlight being that Bob Ewell attacked both Scout and Jem after the county’s Halloween event, which he died doing. Bob Ewell had wanted to hurt Atticus indirectly. He had perhaps wanted to attack Helen Robinson too. The only thiong that seved her was her wits, caution and her employer, Link Deas. He saw what was happening between her and Bob Ewell, and so threatened to have him imprisoned if he ever tried anything on her. He also followed her home, so as to protect her from attack. I think that this is the impact that Atticus had wanted with the court case. The people of Maycomb (who weren’t living next to dumps,) have finally woken up and realized that this racism is wrong, and that human lives were at pointless risk here. Link Deas was able to see this and do his part to stop this, which is more that what Atticus could have hoped for. Because of this, I think that Atticus actually won the trial, except more effectively won over the town
    When Bib’s plan was foiled, he tried at Scout and Jem instead. His goal was to take people Atticus cared about away from him. He want to do this most likely because Bob feels that he has completely humiliated him and taken Mayella away from him. After the county’s Halloween event, Scout and Jem were walking home alone. At this point, Bob took his chance and attacked them, only to and up stabbed himself.

  26. For homework we had to finish To Kill A Mockingbird. A lot of things happened in these last chapters. On of the things that struck me as very interesting is the appearance of Boo Radley. When Jem and Scout were walking home from a Halloween pageant, they heard rustles behind them and thought that there was someone following them. They thought it was Cecil Jacobs, a person who has scared them before. But no, it was not Cecil Jacobs, it was Bob Ewell. Bob attacked Jem and Scout, while Scout was in the costume, she rolled away from him while Jem was trying to protect her, but Bob Ewell just broke Jem’s arm at the elbow and knocked him unconscious. Bob then tried to choke Scout to death. But Boo Radley saved the day because he carried Scout and Jem home. Scout said she felt like she was in a dream, because she never thought she would see Arthur Radley, but she did, and it was a great ending to the book. I think that Boo Radley showing up is very meaningful, because it could signify or be a symbol for an Important part of the book. I think Boo Radley symbolizes justice, because it usually doesn’t come until the end of the book, and the antagonist, Bob Ewell, died. I think Harper Lee, as the author of this novel, had a certain intention and writing style. I feel that the characters are so different, that they are used to prove something and symbolize something, which make the book have many different themes and motifs. This book wasn’t relatively long, but it was exceptionally meaningful. This book was a book that I would read again, and I loved reading it as a class and discussing with my classmates about what has happened in the novel.

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