She also says that most of the rumors about him aren't true. Dill says he wants Boo to come out and sit with them for a while, as it might make the man feel better. To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 17 Summary By Harper Lee The beginning of this chapter starts directly after the last. Summary: Chapter 17 The prosecutor, Mr. Jem and Scout get permission to go sit with him that evening. Ewell if he would write his name on it. Of course, in a perfect world Jem's innocent belief would be accurate: evidence would be enough to save Tom.
Scout mentally recollects how Mr. Atticus then takes Scout and the other children home. Bob Ewell might not have money or be educated, but the color of his skin gives him power over Tom Robinson, and everyone knows that. When Scout goes to her room, she sees something under her bed. Part One Chapter 1 The chapter opens with the introduction of the narrator, Scout Jean Louise Finch, her older brother Jem Jeremy , and their friend and neighbor, Dill Charles Baker Harris. Ewell may be barely literate, but he's a veritable Shakespeare when it comes to offensive language.
They are worried that a group of people intent on lynching Tom Robinson may intercept his transfer. In this section of the novel, Aunt Alexandra seems to be representative of the outside world and adulthood. . The narrator notes that the remainder of the book will explain how this injury occurred, and the novel concludes with this event. The implication is that young people intrinsically expect certain human freedoms and have a natural sense for freedom and justice, which they only become aware of when the adults in society begin trying to take such freedoms away. The Cunninghams are farmers who don't have actual money now that the Depression is on.
Tate when it had happened and for him to describe her injuries. Terrified, Scout runs back home, but leaves the tire behind. Tate asked who had hurt her and she said that it was Tom Robinson. Ewell could read or write. Mayella Ewell is called to the stand. Alexandra seems to believe the children would benefit from a feminine influence, and so she has decided to stay for a time. Their curiosity and the drama game they create shows how desperately they wanted to find answers to their questions about Boo in the absence of any real information or knowledge.
Tate went and got Robinson, had the Ewell girl identify him, and then arrested him. Scout narrates the book in the first person, but in the past tense. Gilmer immediately objected and Atticus told the judge that they would see after one other question why this was important. In Chapter 5, though Atticus tries to encourage the children to leave Boo alone, their senses of sympathy have been summoned by thinking about Boo's solitude and his strict upbringing. Whenever strange things happen in the neighborhood, Boo is often blamed.
The following evening, Atticus goes into town, and Jem, Scout, and Dill follow him. Atticus asks Mayella wasn't Bob Ewell the person who beat her? The very religious Radley family stays indoors all day and rarely participates in community affairs, except during emergencies. Gilmer was the town prosecutor and he had one eye that looked slightly off. Ewell by asking him if Mayella was his daughter. Tate which eye it was and Mr. Robinson fled, and Ewell went into the house, saw that his daughter was all right, and ran for the sheriff. One day Atticus catches them playing the game and asks them if it has anything to do with the Radley family.
The Cunninghams must keep the farm running in order to survive, and because the school system does not make any accommodations for farm children, there is a self-perpetuating societal cycle for farm families to remain uneducated and ignorant. The physical representation of this facet of childhood is represented in Jem's daring rush into the Radleys' yard, in which he enters a space that has been fundamentally condemned by the entire town. They lived out by the dump in a cabin roofed with flatted tin cans and insulated with sheets of corrugated iron. Gilmer continued questioning and asked Mr. Ewell described the scene so crudely that Judge Taylor had to smack his pallet 5 times and everyone in the room was murmuring. Ewell said that he most certainly was not! As soon as it's gone, the three children run as fast as they can back home, but Jem loses his pants in the gate. While both stick to the same story about Tom Robinson, Atticus is busy trying to put the pieces of that story together, specifically regarding Mayella's black eye.
Miss Maudie's description of Boo helps the children understand him as a victim of his upbringing. Miss Maudie is the most unbiased and supportive of these three women, though Calpurnia becomes much more sympathetic as time goes by. Having bought several slaves, he established a largely self-sufficient homestead and farm, Finch's Landing, near Saint Stephens. The journey of this one individual against the mores of the entire group, though performed here in fear and on a dare, symbolically speaks toward events that will follow when Atticus defends Tom Robinson in court and Scout breaks up the threatening mob of townspeople. When they reach the jail, the find that Atticus is sitting outside in a chair reading the newspaper. Again, she thinks Atticus is making fun, since the idea seems so absurd.
He stuck to his story about Tom Robinson and Atticus ended his examination. Their search through the darkness, the many gates, the vegetables in the yard, and then Dill's glance through the dark window with curtains through which there is one small light are somewhat symbolic of the children's search through layers of ignorance and rumor to find the truth underneath it all. Even a person like him can feel proud and arrogant walking into a courtroom with a black man on trial. Judge Taylor allowed the question. She even adds some new details to try to make it make more sense. Jem, Scout, and Dill were all sitting watching the trial start.