Chapter 15 Dill is allowed to stay for the summer. They see one of the mixed children and Scout thinks he looks black. Thus, discrimination is shown to be even more arbitrary and senseless. Did she start screaming when she saw her father in the window? He sends a letter saying that he has a new father presumably, his mother has remarried and will stay with his family in Meridian. Late at night, Dill wakes Scout up and asks if he can sleep with her. Their discussion about babies also suggests that Scout knows less about the facts of life than she claims in later chapters, and that it is possible that the meaning of rape is still unclear in her mind. .
Alexandra seems to believe the children would benefit from a feminine influence, and so she has decided to stay for a time. The only time Scout saw Aunt Alexandria was at meal times. This chapter builds the trial's suspense quite significantly, as the reader begins to understand Atticus's situation. After all, as we've seen in the novel so far, people are often defined by the attributes of their families. Expecting it to be the sheriff and his crew, Scout jumps out of hiding to greet them. Gilmer, the prosecutor, questions Heck Tate. Chapter 19 -Tom says his side of the story, and it is that she asked him to fix something, then when he got inside, she threw herself at him.
Atticus asks if this was the first time Tom Robinson has been invited into her house, and she jumps a little before she says that it was the first time. During this time, Scout has a very difficult time restraining from physically fighting with other children, a tendency that gets her in trouble with her Aunt Alexandra and Uncle Jack. She is still very much living in the innocence of childhood, while Jem is becoming more and more mature. Ewell from the black people around him, in terms of social standing, is that his skin is white. Dolphus Raymond drinking liquor from a paper bag and sitting with the black people. He and Scout get into a fist fight, which Atticus breaks up, saying that Scout doesn't have to obey Jem unless he can make her do so. That night Scout feels something under her bed and thinks a snake his hiding there.
Chapter 18 It is now Mayella's turn to be a witness. He treats everyone on the stand with the same respect, no matter who they are or where they come from. Aunt Alexandra establishes herself in the neighborhood and continues to pester the children about what they should and should not do. Aunt Alexandra believes the Finch name to be a proud one, and she wants Jem and Scout to believe the same. The novel ends with Scout looking at her neighborhood with new eyes from the Radley front porch, wondering what Boo thinks about all this. Cunningham emphasizes her knowledge of young and reminds Mr.
He is determined to guard the basic human rights of Tom and all others by using his knowledge and experience in law. Atticus asks her to identify the man who raped her, and Mayella points to Tom, who Atticus asks to stand. For instance, he first determined exactly what injuries Mayella suffered, and then manipulates Ewell into revealing that he is left-handed, and that a left-handed man most likely beat Mayella, causing bruising on the right side of her face. In the process of presenting Tom's case, Atticus inadvertently insults and offends Bob Ewell, a nasty, lazy drunkard whose daughter is Tom's accuser. Aunt Alexandra wants the children to know all about the Finch family and uphold its genteel heritage, but Atticus has not introduced them to the entirety of their family history, and instead has told them amusing stories, such as how their cousin Josh went insane at university. Why didn't they come running? Atticus breaks up the fight and sends them off to bed. During this attack, Jem badly breaks his arm.
In Chapter 17, the Ewells belong to the bottom set of Maycomb's whites. Alexandra quickly becomes quite popular in Maycomb, thriving in its social life, especially among the women. Scout also finds out that it was Bob Ewell who has made the accusations against Tom Robinson. The children stay a safe distance away so Atticus won't notice them. To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 13 announced that she'd be staying with them because she and had decided that it was time the children had a feminine influence in their home. However, she insists that he never lays a hand on her or beats her. Scout lied and said that she was happy to have her there when Atticus asked her.
Jem joked that that must make the Ewells high class because they had lived behind the dump for 3 generations. Maycomb reluctantly has bent the laws for the Ewells, and Mr. Jem is still concerned for Atticus's safety. Scout really can't see outside of her costume, but she hears Jem being pushed away, and she feels powerful arms squeezing her costume's chicken wire against her skin. Aunt Alexandria was one of those people who is extremely uptight and any moral out there she would adhere to. Scout has never seen anything like their church before, and marvels at how the Church doesn't even have hymns.
One woman, Lula, criticizes Calpurnia for bringing white children to church, but the congregation is generally friendly, and Reverend Sykes welcomes them, saying that everyone knows their father. Chapter 18 -Mayella Ewell testifies by saying that she told Tom Robinson to come inside to fix up a dresser, and then he raped her. Jem and Scout watch from inside. A widower, Atticus raises his children by himself, with the help of kindly neighbors and a black housekeeper named Calpurnia. Later that afternoon, Atticus leaves the house in his car, carrying an electrical extension cord with a light bulb at the end.