Bryan KimMs. GreeleyEnglish I acc. Period 5March 4, 2014To Kill a Mockingbird: Dialectical Journals 1-7
Atticus and the Case
Chapter 11, page 139
"'Atticus, you must be wrong. . . .'
'Well, most folks seem to think they're right and you're wrong. . . .'"
It is Atticus' belief that an individual conscience is a better route to justice than the route of majority. We learn throughout life that the majority isn't always right, such as drugs; people do drugs because a lot of others do it and they feel like a normal person even though they know it is bad. Folks in Maycomb already know that Tom Robinson is going to be convicted for a crime he didn't really commit. But they don't try and argue his innocence because firstly, their discriminate against negroes, and secondly, their afraid of going against the flow of the majority and causing others to hate them. But Atticus doesn't need anyone to teach him a lesson. He is already an almost perfect man, being morally just and tremendously wise.
Scout, Jem, and Miss Maudie
Chapter 5, page 55
"They spent days together in the treehouse plotting and planning, calling me only when they needed a third party. But I kept aloof from their more foolhardy schemes for a while, and on pain of being called a girl I spent most of the remaining twilights that summer sitting with Miss Maudie Atkinson on her front porch."
Because of Scout's gender and appearance, and Jem's coming of age, the bond between the two is slowly crumbling. Even though Scout is a tomboy, she cannot do all the things Jem and Dill can and while they enjoy acting out the Radley family's life, Scout prefers to do things no ordinary girls would think of like pick out fights and run around Maycomb with dirty trousers on. And because Scout is being isolated, she retreats to Miss Maudie, one of the neighbors, for comfort. Miss Maudie, an important and respectable figure according to Scout is much like herself. Both are somewhat tomboys and stand up for what they believe in. Miss Maudie is a truly ethical woman and is an important role model for Scout so she can learn from her womanhood and how she is unique from everyone else because she is unprejudiced, respectable, and worth admiring.
Different views in Society
Chapter 3, page 33
"' He ain't company, Cal, he's just a Cunningham-'
'Hush your mouth! Don't matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house's yo' comp'ny, and don't you let me catch you remarkin' on their ways like you was so high and mighty!'"
After Scout witnesses the unusual behavior of Walter Cunningham during dinner, she is incredibly naïve and makes childish, innocent remarks about him. The stern argument that follows gives Scout a different perspective on society and the social status of others in Maycomb. At that time, she believed that a person is classified by their looks and actions. But through the words of Calpurnia, she can learn later on that she should not be so "high and mighty" and that her...