The relationship between Boo Radley and the children seemed unlike any Boo who had left them the presents but they never did know until Scout found portion of the novel, but when he was it was only by Scout or Jem. In the movie, Jem is the one to find the things in Boo Radley's tree. . more is Aunt Alexandra and Scout's relationship (let alone its inclusion). intruding ways would have been helpful to develop the almost completely left out. Told through the eyes of Scout Finch, you learn about her father Atticus Finch, and about Boo Radley, a mysterious neighbor who saves Scout and her brother Jem and Scout decide to write a thank-you note to whoever is leaving the gifts. the children's relationship — or lack thereof — with Boo Radley and his family.
Scout literally fears for his life, but Jem would rather risk life and limb than admit to Atticus that he lied. This year, Jem and Scout walk home together, and they again begin finding things in the Radleys' tree. After receiving several increasingly valuable treasures, Jem and Scout decide to write a thank-you note to whoever is leaving the gifts.
When they try to deliver the note, however, they find to their dismay that the knothole has been filled with cement. Analysis These two chapters mark several endings and beginnings for Jem and Scout in terms of understanding.
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Chapter 6 concludes their second summer with Dill, while Chapter 7 begins Scout's second year of school. The reader should remember that first sentence in Chapter 1 states that Scout is retelling the events that lead up to Jem's broken arm. These two chapters lay much of the remaining foundation for what is to come by further exploring the children's relationship — or lack thereof — with Boo Radley and his family.
Prejudice begins to play a bigger role in the novel in these two chapters. Truthfully, it is a kind of prejudice that spurs Jem and Dill to try to "get a look" at Boo Radley. All along they claim that their interest is in the name of friendship, but readers know by now that both boys have a morbid curiosity to gawk at what they assume must be a freak of nature. The boys show prejudice toward Scout by saying things like, "'You don't have to come along, Angel May. Finally, prejudice appears when the neighbors comment that "'Mr.
Radley shot at a Negro in his collard patch.
Radley nor the neighbors have any evidence that the trespasser was black; they make that assumption based on their perceptions of African Americans. The low station blacks hold in Maycomb is further revealed when Mr. Radley vows to aim low at the next trespasser, "'be it dog, [or] nigger.
Ironically, Atticus will later deal directly with a mad dog and a black man. How he handles each situation gives true insight into his moral code.
The truth becomes a blur in these chapters.
Dill makes up a fantastic story as to why Jem lost his pants. The neighbors accept the story readily, although Atticus asks some questions that lead readers to believe he may suspect otherwise. Radley tells Jem that he cemented the knothole because the "'Tree's dying.
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Radley and Jem both know that the tree is fine and that the hole is plugged to stop Jem and Scout from retrieving any more treasures. However, Jem is forced to accept that explanation when Atticus says, "'I'm sure Mr. Radley knows more about his trees than we do. He puts himself in peril three times: In the last instance, pride drives his bravery more than fear of punishment.
Scout recommends that Jem deal with the punishment for lying rather than risk his life, but Jem insists, "'Atticus ain't ever whipped me since I can remember. I wanta keep it that way.
Jem's pants get stuck on the fence, and he is forced to leave them behind in his desperate attempt to escape. When they arrive home, there are several adults gathered at their house including Miss Maudie, Atticus, and Stephanie Crawford, the neighborhood gossip. They are talking about how Nathan Radley fired shots at someone who was on his property, someone he notes in particular as a black man.
Atticus notices that Jem's pants are missing, and Dill tells him Jem lost his pants in a game of strip poker. Jem goes back to the fence that night to retrieve his pants. In Chapter 7, the next school year starts for Jem and Scout. Curiously enough, Jem tells his sister that, when he went back for the pants the night they tried to spy on Boo, they were neatly hanging over the fence and the hole in them had been mended.
Scout continues to be disillusioned with school, but Jem promises her that it will get better every year. Later in the school year, Jem and Scout find another oddity in the knothole of the oak tree.
They are two figurines carved out of soap who looking suspiciously like Jem and Scout. Several other items appear in the tree over the next few days, including more chewing gum, a spelling bee metal, and an old watch.
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Eventually, however, Jem and Scout find one day that the knothole has been filled with cement. Nathan Radley explains to Jem and Scout that he filled it because the tree was dying. Both Jem and Scout are upset by this. This section marks a large transformation in the reader's-and the children's-perception of Boo Radley.
At first, he seems like a "phantom" in the novel, a man with a larger-than life and rather frightening reputation. However, Miss Maudie's description of his tale helps to humanize him. From her, the reader learns that Boo was a good child but she suggests that his overbearing father is what changed him over time. He himself is a victim. Additionally, the mending of Jem's pants and the gifts in the tree can be attributed to Boo, though the novel never explicitly mentions he is behind this.
Clearly Nathan isn't doing this because he filled the tree, so the reader must assume it was Boo.
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Slowly, Boo becomes less of a mythical neighborhood monster and more of a kindly recluse. Gradually, Jem and Scout seem to realize that nothing is at it seems. This idea of appearance is also apparent in gender roles throughout the novel.
Scout seems to be anything but the typical, lady-like, domesticated girl that was expected from women during this time. Instead, she plays with the boys and speaks her mind. She doesn't understand why the boys eventually pull away from her and exclude her from their activities. Jem makes several comments to Scout about not "acting like a girl" or telling her not to cry, seemingly with the expectation that she will because she's a girl.
However, throughout the novel, both young people struggle with the fitting into these appearances that are expected of them. Additional information is also revealed about the town of Maycomb in this section of the novel as wel.