Friday, December 12, 2008

Chapter 25

1. How is the meaning of the title revealed in this chapter?

2. How does Mr. Underwood feel about Tom's death? Why did the author choose to include Mr. Underwood's opinions about Tom's death?

3. Why is the court of public opinion sometimes more influential than the court of law? Refer to the novel and an example in real life.

4. What do you think Ewell meant when he said "it made one down and about two more to go"? What can you predict will happen next?

11 comments:

k r i s t e n :) said...

Chapter 25

1)
The meaning of the title ‘to kill a mocking bird’ is revealed when Tom Robinson is shot at the prison. The author used this metaphor to show it is a sin to kill an innocent person.

2)
Mr. Underwood feels that “it’s a sin to kill cripples, be they standing, sitting, or escaping”. I think the author chose to include Mr. Underwood’s opinion about Tom’s death since it was something that Scout could understand. This is because “he was writing so children could understand”.

3)
The court of public is sometimes more influential than the court of law since there are more people in the public than in any court of law. Also, the public can believe anything they want and in the law all they can believe is what the law presents to them for each case.

4)
When Mr. Ewell said “it made one down and about two more to go” I think he meant now that Tom is dead there are only two more people standing in his way. I also think that one of the ‘targets’ is Atticus since Jem told Scout not to worry. Another clue as to Atticus being a ‘target’ happens when Mr. Ewell spat in Atticus’ face.

Rajbir said...

Chapter 25
2) Mr. Underwood feels very opinionated about tom Robinson's case he does not like the justice served to Tom Robinson. He quoted "It's a sin to be kill cripples, be they standing, sitting, or escaping". The author Harper Lee Included Mr. Underwood's opinion in the novel because it was an article the kids could understand and apply there knowledge to see what was happening in the town of Maycomb. Also it shows the children how people react to the article in maycomb, quoting Mr. Underwood "he likened Tom's death to be senseless slaughter of songbirds by haunters and children, maycomb thought he was writing a poetical editorial" while the children though otherwise.

Terry Troy said...

4: Bob Ewell referred to Tom Robinson's death as, "one down and about two more to go." (Lee 241) Tom Robinson was partially responsible for destroying Bob Ewell's credibility, as Tom exposed that Mayella tempted him to the court. Two other people are also partially responsible for obliterating Bob Ewell's respect, them being Atticus and Mayella. Atticus formed suspicion on Bob Ewell, and Mayella tempted Tom Robinson. The reputation of "father of a nigger-lover" doesn't exactly merit points in Maycomb's social standing.

Both Atticus and Mayella had been threatened by Bob Ewell before: Mayella was threatened when she tempted Tom Robinson, and Atticus was threatened at the post office when Bob spat tobacco at Atticus' face. These threats, along with their roles in undoing Bob's incredibly small amount of credibility, lead me to believe that Bob Ewell will actually try to kill Atticus and will make Mayella's life much harder than it already was before the trial, as revenge for ruining his social status.

Swail said...

3. The court of public opinion is more influential because in those times everything was run by the jury so gossip or stereotypes were known and used by the jury. So in those times public opinion was law.

On page 241 there is a line that reads "Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men's hearts Atticus had no case." Meaning that the jury's mind was already made up due to there racist thoughts because of society.

DanielJ said...

Killing a mockingbird is a sin because they do not do anything to us except sing beautiful music. In this chapter Scout finds a Roly-poly in the house. When she goes to kill the bug, Jem stops her. When Scout asks "Why not?". Jem replies, "Because they don't bother you".

maryam2412 said...

chap.25
#4
I suppose that when Bob Ewell made the statement of “it made one down and about two more to go”, meant that Bob is planning to get revenge from the Finches family, particularly Atticus Finch. Atticus had in Bob’s eyes, jeopardised Bob’s reputation in Maycomb and caused the citizens in the town to question bob if he really committed the crime Tom Robinson is accused of, or did Tom. Also in Bobs view, Atticus had ruined Bobs and Mayellas social structure into even more of a low broken family. Since Atticus is being held responsible for this alter in Bobs life, bob had threatened Atticus during Atticus was in town at the Post Office. Bob had angrily spat on Atticus’ face and had said awful and cruel threats to him.

Uncle Sam said...

1)
The meaning of the title is revealed when Tom Robinson was shot trying to escape from the prison. The author used this analogy to describe that it is wrong to kill someone who is innocent.

Uncle Sam said...

1)
The meaning of the title is revealed when Tom Robinson was shot trying to escape from the prison. The author used this analogy to describe that it is wrong to kill someone who is innocent.

Sarah said...

2.) Mr. Underwood’s reflection on Tom Robinson’s case was that there was injustice performed. Mr. Underwood thought Tom was innocent and he feels, “it’s a sin to kill cripples, be they standing, sitting, or escaping”, which tom was crippled. I think the author decided to include Mr. Underwood’s views about Tom’s death, to make his opinion something Scout could comprehend. Mr. Underwood made sure that everyone knows his views on the case; he put the article in the simplest form so that even children could understand his opinion.

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