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To Kill A Mocking Bird Reading Journal

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Chapter 1-3: The introduction is very deep in detail and we learn all about the characters that are in the story, and what their roles are. Atticus Finch is a lawyer in Maycomb County. "He liked Maycomb, he was Maycomb born and bred; he knew his people, they knew him..." - P.11.Atticus had two children, Jem, a boy, and Scout, a girl. Jem's full name was Jeremy Atticus Finch. Scout's full name is Jean Louise FinchAs the story progresses into further detail, we learn that Jem and Scout's mother died when they were both very young children. Jem missed his mother very much, while Scout could not remember her mother at all, as she was only two years old when her mother passed away.Calpurnia was the family's cook and she helped raise the children. However, she appears to be quite strict. The children for some reason called their father by his first name, "Atticus", which he didn't mind.Also in chapter one, we are introduced to the story's setting, which takes place in Alabama in 1930. You can really tell what things were like back then, from the way they communicate verbally, to the clothes they wear.We also learn in chapter one that there is a neighbor called Radley. Everybody seems to be afraid of the Radley family. Some of the people of Maycomb appear to be superstitious and there were several stories made up about the Radley family. I personally believe that none of the stories are true, but old time myths to scare the younger children.We also meet Dill in this chapter. His real name is Charles Baker Harris. Dill was from Meridian, Mississippi but he spent his summer in Alabama visiting his aunt, Miss Rachel.Scout starts grade one. Her teacher is Miss Caroline Fisher. Scout is the kind of student who had previous experience taking on the challenges of the school curriculum at a very early age. Scout already knows how to read in grade one. Instead of the teacher praising her, the teacher says, "Now you tell your father not to teach you any more. It's best to begin reading with a fresh mind. You tell him I'll take over from here and try to undo the damage." - P. 24. The words of the teacher in my opinion were not the proper things to say to a young grade one student. The teacher smacked her hands with a ruler and made her stand in the corner the first day of school. This is another example of how times back then are completely different from the school system today. Things today are much better and the environment is more relaxed.Walter Cunningham, the boy who came to school in bare feet and very ragged clothes, was invited to Jem and Scout Finch's house for dinner. I feel this was a generous invitation on the part of both Jem and Scout. When he pours syrup over his vegetables, Scout embarrasses him by asking him what he is doing.Calpurnia, the cook, grabs Scout and takes her into the kitchen and says Walter Cunningham is a dinner guest and to stop embarrassing him because he eats his food differently than you do.Calpurnia tries very hard to teach...

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