Dialectical Journal Chapters 1-3
1. Chattels- A personal possession or slave.
2. Taciturn- Silent in expression and manner.
3. Predilection- A tendency to think favorably of something in particular. (Preference)
4. Domiciled- To establish in a place of residence. (To reside.)
5. Flivver- An old, inexpensive automobile. Vocabulary
1. Human chattels could not be more wrong no matter what time you lived in.
2. Whenever someone referred to the taciturn boy, we all knew who they were talking about.
3. My teacher gave a test a week; a predilection that most of the class disliked.
4. All twelve people in the Green family domiciled in one house.
5. Mr. Cooney’s old flivver was barely ...view middle of the document...
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3. “…she discovered that I was literate and looked at me with more than faint distaste.” (Lee 22) Interpreting/Asking a Question
1. Why does everyone have reputations in Maycomb? When Scout twice refers to people by their last names, she assumes that this constitutes as an answer being that everyone knows what everyone else is like. Everyone is supposed to know that the Cunninghams can’t pay off debts, the Ewells only come to school on the first day, the Radleys are creepy, and everything about everyone else in Maycomb. Being that no one really moves in or out of Maycomb, most people have been there for multiple generations, giving them all reputations from generations past. It is also that the town is so small, which makes it easy for everyone to know what is going on with everyone else. Because of Maycomb’s size, it is truly impossible to get away from the stereotypes and reputations made by the ones around you.
2. Why are people afraid of things that are different? The Radleys aren’t absolutely horrible people that deserve reputation they have, but are truly just different than the rest in Maycomb. People are always afraid of what they do not know as well, and no one really knows what goes on with the Radleys. Just because they do things that the people of Maycomb don’t understand, doesn’t automatically mean they are bad. People don’t like what they don’t know, just like how people are afraid of death, or say that they don’t like a food that they have never tried. The unknown is scary and mysterious to them, making them automatically assume that the Radleys are bad, without even trying to see what they are really like.
3. Why was Miss Caroline mad and disgusted that Scout was able to read? I was very confused as to why Miss Caroline was mad at Scout because she was literate, because when a child is smart, that is usually a good thing. Being that Miss Caroline had been taught to teach a different way than the kids were used to, Miss Caroline did not know how to teach these children, being that she was not familiar with how they acted. She did not know how to teach to a girl that was literate, so she punished Scout even though she had done nothing wrong. Scout of course had not intentionally done this to Miss Caroline, but Miss Caroline was just not used to Scout’s level of knowledge.
Comment on “Big Idea”
“’That’s okay ma’am, you’ll get to know all the county folks after a while. The Cunninghams never took anything they can’t pay back- no church baskets and no scrip stamps. The never took anything off of anybody…’” (Lee 26) Comment on “Big Idea”
Day to day life in Maycomb seems to revolve around the stereotypes and reputations of the people in the town. Everything that goes through Scout’s mind seems to be related to the reputations of those around her. Throughout the first three chapters, every action, decision, and event is based on the reputations. But I have noticed that there doesn’t seem to be a reputation clearly...