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What do you learn in this chapter about Maycomb, Atticus Finch and his family?
We learn that Maycomb is a mall Southern town in Alabama. There are few secrets in this old small town, "Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it". The town is segregated by both color and, to an extent, socio-economic class. The people with more money live in the town. The poorer people live on farms in the country.
What do you learn in this chapter about Atticus Finch and his family?
Atticus is a Lawyer who is bringing his two children up. Their mother has died (we find out later) and Atticus "was related by blood or marriage to nearly every family in the town." We learn about Scout (Jean Louise) through the voice of her narration. She is around 6 years old and her brother Jem is 10.
What do you learn about Dill's character?
Dill visits his aunt in the summers. He is is a little older than Scout, quite short for his age, has an active imagination, and exhibits a strong sense of adventure. Dill is from Meridian, Mississippi. He is the only child Scout and Jem know that has seen movies like Dracula.
What, briefly, has happened to Arthur "Boo" Radley?
Boo rebels and joins a gang of misbehaving but generaly harmless boys. After a night of fooling around the boys come before the town judge who sends them to a boys reformitory that is known to be a positive excperince. The boys who went to the reformitory came home to normal lives. Mr. Radley demands he get to take Boo home where he keeps him locked away, after many years the town is completely shaken when one day Boo is cutting up a magazine and stabs his scissors into his father's leg.
Boo is held in the basement of the courthouse and then returned to his father. When his Father Died, his brother took his place keeping Boo locked in the house.
Why does the Radley place fascinate Scout, Jem and Dill?
The Radley house is covered in mystery. Boo Radley and the goings on of his family have become the stuff of ghost stories. Everything in the house is a secret. Naturally, being children, Scout and Jem hold the house with both fascination and fear. Is Boo really a monster who dines on squirrels? Questions like this make the children want to see and meet Boo.
What do you notice about the narrative voice and viewpoint in the novel?
The point of view in the novel is from Scout. She is an adult when telling the story and she is looking back on the memories of her childhood. She is telling the story in 3rd person and since she is older, has a more mature view of what she did when she was younger.
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