After realizing Miss Caroline doesn't know what that means, Scout explains that the Cunninghams don't accept other people's help, and just try to get by with what little they have. Symbolism of Mockingbird The mockingbird is used to symbolize innocence in the novel. Atticus's opinions can usually be trusted, and he is convinced of the importance of dealing fairly and reasonably with all people, no matter what the circumstances. Dubose, and Atticus reveals that she is a morphine addict determined to overcome her addiction before she dies. The children are curious to know more about Boo, and during one summer create a mini-drama they enact daily, which tells the events of his life as they know them.
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. It's not a happening place. He accuses them of putting Boo's life history on display for the edification of the neighborhood. They are stunned at the verdict because to them, the evidence was so clearly in Tom's favor. Jem runs into the Radleys' yard and touches the outside of the house.
Scout checks on him, noting the man who carried him sitting quietly in the corner. In America, he bought some slaves and built a plantation called Finch's Landing on the banks of the Alabama River. The next day, Jem and Dill hatch a plan to leave a note for Boo in the Radley's window, using a fishing line. Miss Caroline doesn't understand his refusal, and a classmate asks Scout to help explain. Finally, Scout has a chance to meet the shy and nervous Boo. Miss Maudie Atkinson One of Maycomb's most open-minded citizens, Miss Maudie lives across the street from Jem and Scout. They draw their assumptions from the notion that he does not put his skills to use against the racist status quo in Maycomb.
They want to find out if they can see Boo or not. Miss Maudie also believes in the importance of pleasure and the enjoyment of life. One dark night, they're on their way back home from the school's Halloween pageant when they hear someone following them. Scout assures him that she does, explaining that having it another way would be like shooting a mockingbird. The family lost its wealth in the Civil War.
He is very, very pale, with thin cheeks and feathery hair, and seems somewhat tense and nervous. Finally, it's the day of Tom Robinson's trial. Luckily, a friend talks him out of it. As she helps Boo along, she feels the odd sensation of her fantasy about finding him sitting on the porch one day coming true. As he struggles, Atticus arrives and catches them all. A group of men arrive, threatening Atticus and poised to instigate violence. The children run away, but Jem loses his pants in a fence.
Ewell fell onto his knife and killed himself, which irritates Atticus, who wants Jem to be treated as fairly as anyone else and not have exceptions made. Miss Maudie is the most unbiased and supportive of these three women, though Calpurnia becomes much more sympathetic as time goes by. Atticus and were driving out to see Tom's wife when they spotted Jem and Dill on their way back from swimming. He's one of four people who can read at the First Purchase African M. She interacts with him in a serious and grown-up fashion. Because Atticus is defending a black man, Scout and Jem find themselves whispered at and taunted, and have trouble keeping their tempers.
Eula May The local telephone operator. He follows them home in the dark, then runs at them and attempts to kill them with a large kitchen knife. Scout rudely asks him what he's doing and Calpurnia gives her a lecture in the kitchen about how to treat guests - even if they're from a family like the Cunninghams. Jem cuts off the tops of an old neighbor's flower bushes after she derides Atticus, and as punishment, has to read out loud to her every day. Harper Lee is subtly implying that the townspeople are responsible for killing Tom Robinson, and that doing so was not only unjust and immoral, but sinful. When Jem sneaks back to get his pants later, and finds that they have been mended and hung up for him to retrieve, he is speechless. Although she is central to this event, she does not fully understand its ramifications.
Though the children have never seen him, rumors abound that he is over six feet tall, has rotten yellow teeth, popping eyes and a drool, and eats raw animals. Flick - and the house was still. But the sophisticated vocabulary and sentence structure of the story indicate that Scout tells the story many years after the events described, when she has grown to adulthood. Reynolds and Atticus calls , the sheriff. Bob Ewell The Ewell patriarch, Bob Ewell spends his welfare checks on alcohol.