Thursday, December 4, 2008

Chapter 22 Questions

1) Explain how Atticus' character has influenced Jem. Identify evidence that supports Jem's reaction to the guilty verdict.

2) How do the children (Jem, Scout, and Dill) deal with the outcome of the trial? What do their coping mechanisms reveal about each of them?


joe said...

1)Atticus has influenced jem because jem is just as passionate as atticus and he wants to do something to help the black society "when he gets grown"Jem was very upset and frustrated with the verdict

2)Jem said "it ain't right" (Lee 212)many times as he walked through the crowd and all the way home.this shows he is passionate and that he likes things his way.
Scout and Dill are a little too young to realize excatly how unfair the verdict was.

*emmmilystabile said...


The children deal with the outcome of the trial in different ways. Jem was extremely effected by the guilty verdict and was crying at the end of it. Worried, Jem constantly was asking Atticus questions about what was going to happen after. Dill was not very effected by the verdict and neither was Scout, although they both had certainly thought that they would have won the trial and knew that the verdict had been unfair.

Their coping mechanisms reveal that they are very observing and caring. They all care about what happend at the trial and realize the unjustice of what is being done.

Jessica said...

2. The trial and verdict of Tom Robinson caused different emotions for the children, however for the first time they all relised the prejudice of Maycomb. At first, Jem was sad, to the point where he was crying, and then he turned angry; not able to understand how they can convict a clearly innocent man. He creates goals for the future to change the entire justice system as he lost his faith in its honesty. Dill also chose a future career; his idea to deal with the obvious hatred and poor choices of Maycomb's citizens was to become a clown in hopes of being able to just laugh at people. Scout was confused as she understood as well that Tom Robinson was innocent an her dad fought hard but still lost the fight. She relises Atticus truly shows courage and compares this experience to the rabid dog.
These actions show certain personality traits about the children. It shows Jem's maturity and new understanding their society's prejudice "codes". It shows that Dill better deals with situations by imagining something better or masking his true feelings with humor. Scout is slowly learning that Maycomb really isnt as innocent as it looks and is also maturing.

haley:) said...

1. Being his father, Atticus Finch has influenced Jem throughout the novel in many ways. During the trial, Atticus did not give up because he believed that even though Tom Robinson was a black man, he deserved a fair trial. Jem knew what his father felt and was influenced by it. During and after the trial Jem was very emotional. He knew that Tom was not guilty and he wanted him to be treated fair. When Tom Robinson was found guilty, Jem cried. He went to Atticus and told him, "it just aint right." because what Atticus did in the trial affected what Jem thought. He really looks up to his father and gains things from him. Jem admires Atticus and he wants to follow in his footsteps. When he "gets grown" he wants to help the black community just like his father because just like Atticus he believes that they should be treated equally.