Prejudice: learning how to judge in reasonable fashion. Major motifs associated with this theme: “standing in someone else’s shoes,” or examining point of view; superstition; secrets and hypocrisies; mockingbirds. Class, racial, and sexual prejudices as deeply ingrained aspects of society are identified.
Growing Up: family, society, self; finding your place. Major motifs associated with this theme: boundaries; “when to worry”; formal education. The children in TKAM pass from innocence and isolation to the beginnings of their participation in a flawed society. We watch the process by which Scout and Jem develop an intellectual integrity and emotional maturity, simultaneously applying to their society a generosity of spirit and a clear eye.
Courage: learning when, how, and what to fight. Major motifs associated with this theme: weapons and losing battles, boundaries; “when to worry.” TKAM follows a gradual extension of the meaning of courage from the physical courage required to touch Boo’s house or shot a rabid dog, to the moral courage necessary to give up morphine or to fight a losing battle against racial injustice.
Activity for the next class period: Chapter 4 & 5
Up to this point (Chp 1-3), we have heard some terrible things about Boo Radley. What are some of those terrible “superstitions” we have heard? Give me 5 examples from the book of information that the children have about the Radley family. Use quotes from the book. Remember to put the page #. (Hint-Hint pages 8, 9 and 13 have great descriptions)
In chapter 4 and 5, we start to see a different Boo Radley. What are some of the examples that make Jem and Scout see him in a different light? Find 5. Use quotes and citations! Answer: Why do they begin to see him differently?
Example: “Don’t blame me when he gouges your eyes out” (Lee 15).
Listen to Chapter 7 in class
HW: Read chapter 8 and 9 (reading quiz next class)