Hi, Ms. Stevenson. I wanted to ask about one of the To Kill A Mockingbird questions. In chapter two question 5, it asks about why Scout might feel sorry for Miss Caroline and to analyze the chapter. I was wondering if you could help me to understand the question, because I am a little confused by it.
Miss Caroline is not from around town. She dresses nice. She has etiquette down. She is probably from the city. She doesn’t understand how this poor, small town works.
There are those farmers, business people, the richer people, the churchy people, the whites, the blacks, the dirt poor and terribly mean people. The Cunninghams are the really poor people. The other boy is from the town drunk, mean family. This book is full of stereotypes and with that comes how people judge others without really getting to know them.
Miss Caroline doesn’t come from this town so she doesn’t realize that there are families that are in stereotyped groups and that there are unwritten ways to deal with them. In this sense, Scout gets it and Miss C (the adult) doesn’t. Scout feels bad for her because that makes her seem not super “smart” or “educated” to the real world. She is educated to teach but not about people in general. (Lots of hidden things here)