Learning From Experience Madelin smith final project

To Jem the courthouse would mean a lot of things, it was the place his father worked, a place he grew up around, the thing that punished people who broke the la, a place he had trusted since he was small. But it would also signify the place that ruled against Tom Robinson, with no regards to all the evidence that proved it wasn't him. The place that ruled an innocent man guilty, and broke his trust in the law. The courthouse would signify the familiar, but it would also signify proof of oppression, of discrimination invading everything, including things that were supposed to be good and just.

Pants, or a pair of pant specifically, hold a special meaning to Jem because it was the beginning of both him and Scout realizing that Boo Radley wasn't the evil, malicious spirit the town had reduced him to. He had put forth the effort to mend the pants of an over-curious young boy after he had regarded Boo with terror and bothered him time and time again. The pants being mended after he had torn them on the fence running away from the Radley house also showed that Boo was watching after the children, even after they had tried to spy on him in his house.

The oak tree is likely to mean a great deal to Jem as well, both good and bad. Under the oak tree is where most of his and Scouts understanding of Arthur Radley begins. It is a constant throughout the novel, and has a part in the numerous sub-plots. The first time the oak tree comes into play, it is when Jem and Scout find the treasures Boo Radley left for them, which kick-started their affection for him, and their realization that he was not the terrible monster he was made out to be in the novel. The second time the tree comes to play, it is when Bob Ewell attacks the children, and when Boo Radley saves their lives. In both instances, under the tree is where they truly understand that Boo Radley is watching over them.

Scissors would likely signify to Jem the rumors surrounding Boo. According to rumors, Boo Radley had stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors, and Jem, Scout, and Dill had based their mini-play around the supposed incident. As Jem grew and realized that Boo was not actually monster from the deep, scissors likely signified to him the faults of trusting in the rumors a small town spreads.

The white camellia would signify to Jem the things he's learned, and possibly that his actions have repercussions. When he loses his temper after Mrs.Dubose insults Atticus, he beats Mrs.Dubose's camellia bushes with Scouts baton, ruining her flowers. The consequence of him having to read to Mrs.Dubose also lead to her giving him a white camellia as a gift after she'd died. The white camellias could remind Jem of Mrs.Dubose's bravery, and remind him that losing his temper has it's consequences.

Fields remind me of m childhood, they signify all of the good things about growing up,the good memories that I had in Texas. Living outside of the city, me and my siblings favorite places to play were the fields (except for Miss Carols, she would've shot us if she found us playing on her property). Most of my best childhood memories are of me and my siblings making up games to play in the overgrown yellow fields of my home.

Animals, goat in particular, remind me that sometimes things have to change for good things to happen. I grew up on a ranch, animals were literally my living, and I never thought I could stand not having livestock living more than a hundred feet away from me. Since the move, since we sold all of our animals and became city folk, I've realized that, while raising animals is a big part of who I am, they were holding our family back from succeeding.

Even having our ranch, my family never really had a steady house. We've hopped between friends houses, to save money to keep the ranch open. Houses have kind of come to mean everything I could't have because of our income. They remind me of everything that I've been through while our family struggled with money.

Money has begun to signify recently that things do get better. My family has been poor for generations, being farming folks with little output, and so money has always been a source of stress for the family. Since moving, and my step-dad getting a new job, our income has raised exponentially, leaving us with options we've never had before. I think it sums up the experience, that no matter how bad something seems, even if its always been bad, it can get better.

While nearly every teen has an obsession with their phone, for me the telephone signifies being able to stay in contact with the people who stayed back in Texas. Moving away felt as if I was losing the friend group and family that had taken me years to build, and the thought of being separated from that support system was a terrifying thought with how bad the move was making my anxiety. Being able to contact them and have them reply within minutes was a big relief for me and made the move so much easier.


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