Chapter 8 is concerned mainly with the conclusion of the search for Boo Radley, with more narrative than thematic material. Chapter 3: 1 The point of view from Cal and Atticus is very different. Throughout the story, Dill acts as an observant conscience for the town. In chapter 8, we will see more evidence that Boo is a very real and caring person who is trying to reach out to Scout and Jem. When Scout begins to feel left out by Jem and Dill, she starts to spend considerable time with a neighbor, Miss Maudie Atkinson. Atticus makes the two children wait by the Radley house so they are well out of the way.
But as for Walter, he attends school in a clean shirt and tries to be polite. The night following the snowfall is bitterly cold. Atticus responds to Jem's monologue about Boo by informing him and Scout that Boo Radley actually helped during the fire; he draped a blanket over Scout to keep her warm in the cold night air. The first example of Dill as conscience comes when he and Jem disagree about the method for making a turtle come out of its shell. Atticus reluctantly takes aim and shoots the dog.
Atticus on his part is probably aware of this attitude, which explains why he discourages the children from irritating Boo Radley. This foreshadows the town's treatment of later in the book - they will find him guilty despite rational evidence to the contrary. Uncle Jack entered the room and Scout ran to the corner and had her face away from him. They did not go to church, Maycomb's principle recreation, but worshipped at home. Miss Caroline is from the richer and more cultured North Alabama, and does not understand the country ways of Maycomb. Back in class, Scout gets bored and starts writing a letter to Dill, but is criticized again by her teacher for knowing how to write in script when she's only supposed to print in first grade.
This is their attempt to lure him out. She lowered her fist then walked away and felt proud of her conviction despite being called a coward. Cal will give lecture to the children if they did something wrong, but Atticus will try to impact the important message to the children. The dog crumples into a heap. Despite the efforts of a neighboring community's fire crew, Miss Maudie's house collapses. Clearly, Boo watches the children, and his actions in these chapters foreshadow his daring rescue later on.
Again, this shows how a law, such as nature's law or even a personal law such as Atticus's avoidance of guns, must sometime be bent toward a higher aim. That evening Scout is woken by Atticus to find that Maudie Atkinson's house is burning. However, she had been standing in front of the Radley house. Terrified, Scout runs back home, but leaves the tire behind. Jem asked him about how his cat, Rose Aylmer, was doing.
Likewise, Atticus wants to make it possible for black people to exist on the same plane as whites, no longer subjected to an inhuman subjugation. Late that fall, another present appears in the knothole—two figures carved in soap to resemble Scout and Jem. Jem runs into the Radleys' yard and touches the outside of the house. Chapter 8 Winter arrives in Maycomb County. Nathan Radley has done this, putting forward the explanation that the tree had been dying.
Maudie sees the fire as a chance to start over and move on. Unsurprisingly, Scout is as unhappy in second grade as she was in first, but Jem promises her that school gets better the farther along one goes. Scout explains she doesn't remember learning how to read, but it seems she always knew how. Dill dares Jem to go inside the boundary of the Radleys' front gate. Next, Lee provides an overview of Finch family history. Therefore, when Miss Caroline writes the alphabet on the board and Scout reads it through easily, then reads from her reader and from the local paper, Miss Caroline forbids Scout to let Atticus teach her to read anymore. Radley must have a good reason for plugging up the hole.
There is no one clear way to worship God, but the chapter suggests that reading the Bible inside all day may be an application of God's law which, like the hunting law when applied to the Ewell's, becomes self-defeating if applied too severely. Lula's actions suggest that in retaliation against the cruelty of white domination, she wants the black community to, like whites, have their own spaces and lead mutually exclusive lives. There is even light snowfall, an event rare enough for school to be closed. The next day, they are horrified to discover that someone has filled their hole up with cement. Scout is surprised to hear Calpurnia speak in the same black dialect as the others, because at home, Calpurnia always speaks proper English. Atticus takes Scout and Jem outside. Dubose is an example of true courage.
However, it is also clear that Atticus is a much more objective individual and is someone who does not buy into this racism. He constructed a skeleton of sticks and mud before he plastered the snow over it, and the pot-bellied snowman looked suspiciously like Mr. Dubose is a very mean, sick old lady who sits on her front porch and yells insults at Jem and Scout as they pass by. She was tempted every year to ask Alexandria if she could join them on the big table and even asked Atticus to use his influence to get her to the big table but he said that when you are a guest you sit wherever the host tells you to sit. Scout is almost six, and Jem is almost ten. Again, they aren't sure if it is a gift for them or not, so they leave it for a few days.
For instance, when various domesticated animals are mutilated and killed, townspeople still suspect Boo even after Crazy Addie is found guilty of this violence. Though Scout is young and impressionable, she becomes a spokesperson for her entire class, interacting with the adult teacher comfortably; this shows that though a child, she is more grown-up than some of her peers. Accepting gifts in the Radley tree knothole and rolling accidentally into the Radley yard are some of the first signs that the children are slowly coming closer to making contact with Boo. Scout asked Atticus if he defended black people and Atticus answered that of course he does. Dubose: just hold your head high and be a gentleman.