To Kill A Mockingbird – Post the Third

I am starting to feel like we have come to the central part of the book, where the most action is condensed down into the smallest part.  With Tom Robinson’s case dismissed, I suppose it’s all downhill from here.  I think that Lee is (in a similar way that was employed in Huck Fin) trying to show how a beneficial ideal if present among children can not and will not suffice to start a movement and abolish something as rigid as the system of de-facto segregation found in early 1930s America.  Lee succeeds in doing this by presenting Tom Robinson’s case outcome as a shocking twist to a plot that seems to be heading in the complete opposite direction.

Changing gears to focus on my specific character, Calpurnia does not play to extensive of a roll in the court scene.  She is only really present when she angrily escorts the children home for dinner “Miss Alexandria’ll absolutely have a stroke of paralysis when she finds out!  Ain’t fitten’ for children to hear”.  However, in these chapters, Calpurnia’s absence may tell us more then the things she says and does while present.  Her decreasing time spent with the children is likely an indicator that Aunt Alexandria is slowly but surely forcing her out of the Finch household.  I am inclined to believe that this issue will only increase in severity as the story progresses (unless something even worse happens and causes the two women to unite against a common foe). 

Our most recent discussion went reasonably well.  Though, I wish we could’ve discussed two more things.  During these chapters, both Dill and Jem are greatly concerned with things directly or indirectly related to the trial.  However, Scout does a much better job of not outwardly displaying her reactions to the outcome of the trial.  As the trial concludes, Scout speaks about the result in a analytical and somewhat detached sense “A jury never looks at a defendant it has convicted, and when this jury came in, not one of them looked at Tom Robinson”.  We didn’t specifically discuss this, but I would be curious to know why she speaks from such a analytical standpoint and how she manages to avoid the bouts of anger and sadness that her company suffers from.  In adition to this, I think we spent too little time on Mr. Raymond (who I hinted towards in the previous post).  I want to discuss what Mr. Raymond may symbolize, and why Lee had Scout and company meet him at this part of the book (or at all).

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  1. Actually…we didn’t get to discuss this section of the text yet. We’re discussing the second half (Chapts 15–end) on Wednesday! So definitely keep the character of Dolphus Raymond in mind.

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