Mayella Versus Tom Robinson
Point of View- Mayella Ewell
I’m gonna do anything I have to do to get this black man to die. Pappa made a story to tell to the judge and all I gotta do is lie. No matter what anyone says, I did not kiss that beast; that’s that. And if you don’t believe me, then shame on you. I would say I’m a good actress so this shouldn’t be too hard. If Pappa and the rest of this town want this man dead, then I’ll grant their wish; Tom Robinson, the man who “raped” me, shall die. I’m young girl who the judge better believe. All the whites in this courtroom are depending on me to sentence this n***** to die. Who cares about his family? They’re all black too! My Pappa hates that Atticus Finch. He better keep his mouth shut because I need to do what I need to do.
The Disease of Maycomb
Point of View- Atticus Finch
Ever since Mayella Ewell claimed to have been raped by innocent Tom Robinson, the town of Maycomb has become more racist against those blacks than before. Maybe I am crazy, but I do not understand how someone could hate another person, especially for no reason. How can all these people hate Tom Robinson and want him to die if these people have never even spoken to him? I am trying very hard to prevent my two children from catching the disease of Maycomb. They need to learn that no one should be punished just because they are different. I will do anything I have to do to protect Tom Robinson and prove his innocence. Being a lawyer is my job, so if I am going to do it, I might as well do my best. I am doing this for Tom, his wife, his kids, and all of the black community. I am also doing it for the sake of my own children. I want them to know that it is okay to stand up for what you believe is right.
Point of View- Jem Finch
Sometimes when Scout and I are walking home from school, we stop at this tree near our house. This tree is special because it has a hole. The hole in the tree is where we find presents. We’ve found chewing gum, grey twine, girl and boy dolls carved out of soap, a medal, a watch, and pennies in this tree. When Atticus found my gum, he made me spit it out because he thinks that it could be poisonous, but I knew it wasn’t. One day, Scout and I went to the tree to see if there was anything for us, but instead of a gift, it was filled with cement! We were so confused. They told us the knothole in the tree was filled because it was dying. It turns out, that tree was perfectly healthy!
The Death of Mr. Ewell
Point of View- Arthur (Boo) Radley
It was Halloween night when I heard the neighbors’ children running and yelling. It seemed as if they were being chased. It turns out they were. I have been watching over these two kids for a while now; watching them grow and develop into their older selves and no longer are scared of me. I did what I believed was right and put an end to this unsafe situation. When I got closer, I noticed it was Bob Ewell attempting to cause harm to the kids. This is what scared me the most. Why would a grown man be going after someone’s children? I grabbed my kitchen knife and stabbed Mr. Ewell in his gut. I saved the lives of the kids. When Mr. Tate and Atticus were talking, they said that Bob fell and accidentally killed himself, which was not true, but it also protects my privacy. Mr. Ewell is gone and Scout and Jem are safe and that’s all that matters.
To be honest, I thought this assignment was quite difficult to do. We read all of "To Kill a Mockingbird" through Scout's perspective so writing from another character's point of view was hard. Scout might think of situations differently than others so this project makes you think about how the others feel during the same situations. I think the purpose of this assignment is to look at the story from someone else's point of view. One story can be read different ways depending on how you look at it. Being able to think what other characters might say during certain key moments gives you a new perspective of the story. In conclusion, I believe this assignment benefits the reader do to the fact that it makes you think about how the other characters would think. You need to keep in mind their personality, language, habits, and how they live their everyday life. I enjoyed writing sections from other character's points of view.