TKAm "Point of View" Assignment by Gunnar Orth

Entry 1: Rolling into Boo Radley's Yard

Jem and Dill Pushing Scout in the Tire

Boo Radley's Perspective

The day the Finches rolled Scout into my yard was the first day I had thought about leaving the house. I had thought to myself, "Atticus's kids and the smaller child have been playing around my house. I don't understand the interest in my house but it's quiet fun. Later in the day they rolled Jean Louise Finch in a tire into my yard, it damaged the property a little, but it was very funny. Seeing those kids having a good time, no cares in the world, I want to give them something, a token of friendship or something like that, but I don't know how without having to be seen outside. Ah, I'll go to the old tree in front of my house at midnight, its close by, and the Finches will be smart enough to find it, as long as my brother doesn't spoil my fun, oh I feel like a kid again!"

Entry 2: Mrs. Maudie's House Fire

Boo Radley's Perspective

As the house went up in flames I was in shock, I wanted to help I really did, but all the people watching me, I don't know what they would think of me, my brother had already left to help get furniture out. The fire was a brilliant orange, on a day where it wasn't such a nice lady's house, the whole neighborhood would be together, except me of course. That's when I saw my little friend Scout, she looked like she had seen a ghost, it was sad, no girl should have to see this, I decided to go out and give her a blanket, but I didn't want anyone seeing me, I had sneaked around undetected and back again, I'd wondered if she knew it was me, as long as she was safe. I wished I could go out and tell the Finches I was the one to fix Jem's pants, what a rascal, or the one to give them two shiny pennies, why must I hide myself like this?

Entry 3: Courtroom

Tom Robinsons Perspective

Atticus Finch, the best lawyer in Maycomb, maybe even the state, but what could he have done for me, he was great, logical, smart, and not cocky when presenting his case to the jury who surely hated black folk, in fact he pleaded for me, a white man helping a black man, I thought that could never happen. As good and logical as he was, racism isn't logical, it's hateful and arrogant, in such a time of stress and depression as it was then, people could only hope a young black man would step out of line, let alone help a white folk. My confidence had gotten to me and I'd spoken of feeling sorry for a white women, that had ruined any possible chances I had, but I can't leave my family like this I need to provide for them, god knows everybody else is having trouble on their own, and no white benefactor would help them in Alabama.

Entry 4: Bob Ewell Jumps The Finches

Jem and Scout going to the School

Bob Ewells Perspective

There they were, those n-word lovers who had stolen all dignity I had, no matter how hard I drank, I couldn't get rid of the pain and embarrassment. That dumb broad Mayella had ruined my chances of ever amounting to anything, what I did to her after touching a n-word was nothing compared to the beating after the case. The little finches had no clue I was sneaking up on them, and with that I'd clubbed that n-word loven boy across the head and knocked the girl down. Out of nowhere I'd been taken down like a pro football player, I lost grip of my knife, and felt the pointy reckoning come upon my stomach, not once, or twice, but an amount only pure hatred could bring upon, Before my eyes shut from the blood scabbing around them all I could see was the body of a pale ghost, I died knowing that I amounted to nothing.

Reflection

Throughout making these point of views it was interesting to see what might be going through peoples heads or what might motivate somebody to do something. I had wondered if each of the characters had known what people thought of them, or they were completely oblivious and I can see now that it depends on the character. The lesson here is that other people see people in different ways, and people act and think differently, everybody has their own reasons, and everybody thinks they're the good guy, whether it's doing what's best for others, Atticus, or best for themselves, Bob Ewell. The assignment made me think about what drives people to do things and realize the significance of every part of the book. Life is not filled with people that agree with each other and work cooperatively together, as shown through out the book, but opposing ideologies that cause people to do different things and motivate them to do what they believe is right.

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