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The I Mpact Of Chapter 12 On To Kill A Mockingbird

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The Impact of Chapter 12 on "To Kill A Mockingbird" Of all the chapters in "To Kill A Mockingbird" we have read thus far, Chapter 12 has had the greatest impact overall. It reveals many points that are integral to the plot and it helps to clear up many things. If this chapter were not in the book, then we would be in the dark on many things, such as why Jem has been acting like he has or how important Jem and Scout actually are to Calpurnia. We also learn a great deal of things that are not essential to the plot, but are very interesting to read and learn about. One of the more important occurrences in Chapter 12 is Calpurnia's first vocal admission that Jem and Scout are her children. She says this while she is getting Jem and Scout ready for church and they are complaining about how clean Cal is making them get. This also shows how much pride she has in what she does and how she doesn't want the other people in town to think that she doesn't take care of Jem and Scout. The main importance of this though is that it shows just how important Jem and Scout are to her. She has been with them for so long that she has come to think of them as her own children more than she thinks that they are just the kids she takes care of. Something that helps to clear up a lot of things is when it hints at the fact that Jem is going through puberty. This helps to explain his increasing cloud of arrogance and his Rasmussen 2 outbursts at Cal and Scout. This also explains how he is mature enough to handle the taunting from kids at school about Atticus defending Tom Robinson. This also shows that he is old enough to handle the role of being the man of the house since Atticus has been gone working in Montgomery and on Tom's case. When Jem and Scout go to the African Methodist Episcopal church with Cal, they learn a lot about how the blacks in Maycomb conduct their church services and they also learn some things about Cal. The moment they enter the church they notice something strange about it, it has no organ, hymnals, or any...

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