Dialectical Journal Chapters 26-31
1. Recluse- A person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid other people.
2. Eccentricities- An oddity or peculiarity, as of conduct.
3. Incantations- A chanting or uttering of words claiming to have magical power.
4. Ascertain- To find out definitely; learn with certainty or assurance, determine.
5. Acquiescence- Agreement or consent by silence or without objection. Vocabulary
1. I had only once seen the old recluse who lived in the dark shack at the end of the street.
2. They were constantly taunted for their scientific eccentricities.
3. Somewhere in the woods, incantations were quietly being spoken.
4. In order to prove my case, all I ...view middle of the document...
At this time in the story it looks to be that she has been more and more emerged in the more ladylike events of Maycomb. More recently she has been getting involved in Aunt Alexandra’s ‘gossip circles’, and expresses more of her opinions on the gossip as well. Because she is becoming more immersed in the topics and actions of being ladylike, Scout has grown more mature to realize who she really is and what she needs to do. This is very unlike Scout, but she is coming to accept her gender in society to see how others feel she needs to be. This is not necessarily a good or bad thing because she has always been a little tomboy, but she is now growing up. She is shying away from her more childish ways such as fighting and playing messy games, showing how much she has grown just over the course of the book.
2. While the people of Maycomb don’t think it is okay to persecute Jews because of their religion, then why persecute blacks because of their skin color? Miss Gates is scrutinizing Hitler who is miles away from the town of Maycomb, but is doing the same thing at home in her town. Later on when Scout is thinking over the subject, she recalls Miss Gates saying “’it’s time somebody taught ‘em a lesson, they were gettin’ way above themselves, an’ the next thing they think they can do is marry us.’” (Lee 331) Scout realizes that Miss Gates has been a hypocrite, unlike most other people in her community. Miss Gates scrutinizes Hitler and tells her students how much she hates him, but Scout realizes that Miss Gates and many others are doing the same thing, so why are they any different. At the time, Hitler was rounding up the Jews and killing them and treating them horribly. While that situation was considered so horrible, in many towns in the South, including Maycomb, they were doing the same thing to the blacks. As the Tom Robinson case shows, people were killing blacks for no reason and alienating them out of their own communities. This was such a typical thing that not many people saw it as bad as it truly was.
3. Why was Atticus so convinced that Jem had been the one who killed Mr. Ewell? Where in today’s families many parents would be more than accepting of the fact that their child did not kill someone or would try to convince the police that they would never do such a thing, it was very unusual for Atticus to automatically suspect Jem and then continue to fight for his side. When Atticus suspected that Jem was the one who killed Mr. Ewell that would be fine because he had no other solid evidence to the truth. But even after Mr. Tate had tried and tried again to explain how Mr. Ewell had actually killed himself, it surprised me how Atticus continued to place the blame on Jem. This reinforces Atticus’ value of reputation and how he truly can’t see the bad in others. He did not understand how someone could possibly try to kill children; his children nonetheless. He places too much good on Bob Ewell not believing that he would do such a thing, and...