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To Kill a Mockingbird Chapters 13 -14
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What reason is given for Aunt Alexandra's visit? What is implied by this?
Aunt Alexandra's visit will help provide Scout with a "feminine influence". This implies that Atticus is not raising her correctly. It also implies that they need a firmer hand. Atticus is doing what he thinks is best for the family (especially as he will be working on the case so much).
How was Aunt Alexandra the "last of her kind" according to Scout?
Aunt Alexandra had riverboat boarding school manner (high society, snobbish). She is part of the old South that is extremely focused on morals and family traditions.
If you were to be described as having a "streak", what would it be? Explain.
Answers will vary!
I have a bit of a lazy streak (Netflix binges)!
What is Aunt Alexandra's idea of "fine folk"? How does Jem try to debunk her theory?
Aunt Alexandra's idea of fine folk are people who have lived on the same property for generations (like the Finch family). Jem points out that the Ewells have lived on the same property next to the dump for 3 generations so they must be fine folk!
What is the basic history of Maycomb and how did this history affect its citizens?
Maycomb was isolated (2 days from the Mississippi River) so it didn't experience much growth and they rarely had new people move in. This meant that families intermarried and a kind of "caste system" developed in which families were ranked.
People became predictable and a list of expressions developed to describe each family (some were drunks, others walked funny).
How does Jem's understanding of his cousin Joshua St. Clair differ from Aunt Alexandra's?
Aunt Alexandra views Joshua St. Clair as a beautiful character and an author. Jem was told he went mad at university and tried to shoot the president of the school. He was locked up and it cost the family $500 to get him out of that situation.
What does Atticus' attempt to instil his sister's ideas about "gentle breeding" tell us about him? About her?
Aunt Alexandra is very concerned about proper behaviour and appearances. Atticus makes an attempt to talk to the children about how they are the "product of several generations' gentle breeding" and to behave like a proper lady and a gentleman but he just can't seem to find the words. He snaps at Scout when she runs a comb across the dresser and then he realizes he just can't do it (this is likely because he doesn't believe that stuff anyway but felt pressured to have the talk).
This alarms the children until he tells them not to worry and the children knew he had "come back to them". He jokes he is getting like cousin Joshua.
At the end of this chapter we have a comment from Scout ...
I know now what he was trying to do, but Atticus was only a man. It takes a woman to do that kind of work.
What do you think this means?
Tactful - discreet, diplomatic
Formidable - impressive, perhaps alarming
Incurable - unalterable, unchangeable
Prerogative - privilege, right, choice
How do the townsfolk treat Jem and Scout? Why are they subjected to this treatment?
People in the town point at the children and say comments like "there they are". The town resents the fact that Atticus is representing Tom Robinson.
What are Aunt Alexandra and Atticus' arguments regarding Calpurnia?
Aunt Alexandra wants Atticus to let Calpurnia go as she doesn't feel they need her anymore. Aunt Alexandra does not like the idea of Scout going to Calpurnia's house or the fact that she took the children to her church. She feels that Calpurnia is not a good influence on the children.
Atticus says that Calpurnia is part of the family. He says that she is firm with the children and has brought them up well. He says that Calpurnia can stay with the Finch family as long as she wants to.
What prompts the fight between Jem and Scout?
Jem tells Scout not to upset Aunt Alexandra and Scout doesn't like her brother telling her what to do. Jem suggests that Scout is a child and he is grown up and that he will spank her if she doesn't listen. Scout describes him as having "maddening superiority".
How does Jem break "the remaining code of our childhood"? Why did he do so?
Jem tells Atticus that Dill is in their house. He knows that Dill's family would be upset because Dill has run away. Jem feels he is doing the right thing but from Scout's perspective she "ratted" Dill out.
Why has Dill run away from home?
Dill ran away because he felt he wasn't wanted at home with his mother and her new husband. He feels like his parents are not interested in him and they would get along better without him. Dill's parents give him presents so he will go play with them and leave them alone.
Resilient - being able to spring back from disappointment or problems; able to deal with adversity and get back in the game, so to speak
Carnal - sensual, physical
Pensive - brooding, pondering
Antagonize - annoy, bother
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