TKAM: Different Perspectives By: Kiley Watson

"First Day"-- Chapter 2, Miss Caroline's Perspective

"Oh, my, wasn't that nice?" I said as I had finished reading a book on cats to the class. I was a little nervous going into the new school, since I moved down here from Alabama. But of course, I simply unruffled my dress, put on a smile, and looked at all of the lovely kids sitting before me. Well, at least I thought they were lovely... There was a student in my class named Jean Louise who kept talking and answering and reading everything! She was intelligent and I could tell her father or mother had been teaching her things... I told her that if they kept teaching her, it would interfere with her learning in school. She got awfully defensive and I could tell she was troubled. But that was the least of my worries after I was made fun of for trying to help a student! A little boy in my class didn't have a lunch with him, so I offered him a quarter for him to buy his lunch. He wouldn't take it! Then Ms. Jean Louise had to chime in and explain to me about "The Cunninghams" and how they never took anything that they couldn't give back... I had had enough with her that morning so I gave her half a dozen little pats on her hand and told her to stand in the corner. If everyday is going to be like that, I'm in for a long one...

Atticus facing the mob that went to Maycomb County Jail to make efforts to lynch Tom Robinson.

"The End of Robinson"-- Chapter 15, Walter Cunningham Sr.'s Perspective

Tonight is gon' be the night. We gotta get him outta this town. There ain't no room for stupid n****** to be roamin' round here. The gang decided to head out to the jail that night, so we all packed into four lil cars and inched our way to get that son of a b****. We saw that coward, Atticus, just sittin' in front of the jail like he been waitin for company. He don' know what's comin' for 'em... We all got outta them cars and headed towards the steps where he was at. "You know what we want, get aside from the door", I told him. He just kept tellin' us to head on home and leave 'em be. After we told 'em that we got Heck Tate to go in the forest because of a snipe hunt, that's when we were gettin' ready to make somethin' happen. Then outta the blue, his two wild kids, Scout and Jem, appeared from the bushes and they ran to their lil ol' daddy. After one of the guys tried to move the kids outta the way, Scout looked right at me and said "Hey, Mr. Cunningham." I froze up and just looked away from her, hopin' she'd just shut up. Then she went on and on about my lil boy, Walter, and how they went to school together. She kept tellin' me how she beat him up but that he was a good boy. I love my Walter and I wouldn't do nothin' to hurt 'em. Scout told me to tell lil Walter "hey", so I looked at the gang and told her that "I'll tell him you said, hey, little lady." We all turned around and got back in our cars and sped off.

Tom Robinson trying to battle his way through the trials.

"Losing is a Hobby"-- Chapter 21, Tom Robinson's Perspective

That Atticus is the best thang that has happened to me. I can't ever repay 'em. No white color'd man would stand up for a black fella like me. He done so much fo me. He sittin' right next to me as we been waitin' fo the jury to come out. I been so nervous fo this. Atticus is the only person who ever listened to me. He know I ain't done nothin' to Ms. Mayella. But just cuz I'm black and she white, I gonna go to jail. But I was prayin' to the Lord that a miracle woulda happen an' Atticus could save me. Finally a lil past eleven, the jury came out. None of them white folks looked at me. They gave a paper to Judge Taylor countin' up them votes. And then shortly after, I done knew that my life was over. Judge kept saying "guilty... guilty... guilty... guilty...". Each time he kept on sayin' it, my heart sank an inch ev'ry time. Atticus came on in and touched my shoulder and whispered somethin' to me but I couldn't remember cuz I was just so upset. He grabbed his coat off of his chair and left me by myself. When you a black fella, the only thing you good at is losin'.

"Save the Children"-- Chapter 28, Arthur "Boo" Radley's Perspective

I was sitting on my couch just watching television when I head noises come from the outside. I peered at my window and noticed how dark it was. I love the dark. Next thing I knew, I heard footsteps stomping on the sidewalk outside and what sounded like high pitched screams. Children. The only children to be out this late are Scout and Jem. They must be in trouble! I scrambled in the kitchen to find a knife and snuck out my back door so no one would notice me. There were three shadows under the big oak tree out front. What appeared to be Jem desperately tried running back to his house. Some big man had what looked to be a ham-- Scout-- in a headlock. I sprinted to the man and wrestled him to get Scout free from his hold. The strong smell of whiskey burned my nostrils as I pierced my kitchen knife into the man's flabby stomach. I stood up, panting like a maniac above Scout, noticing that she was unharmed. I waited with Scout until her Aunt Alexandra ran to her. Looks like my job here is done, and the kids are safe.

The purpose of doing this mini project was to look at the story in a different perspective. In Chapter 3, Atticus gives important advice to Scout about how you don't really understand a person "until you climb into his skin and walk around in it" (Lee 39). This assignment reflects that advice to a tee. While selecting four key parts to the story, the goal is to climb into one of the characters' shoes and see how they would view the scene. By doing so, it gives us a better understanding of how each scene affected different characters, rather than just focusing on Scout's perspective. This assignment helped me practice the idea of what Atticus was teaching Scout. It allowed me to reevaluate each scene and it almost gave me a "behind the scenes" look of the book altogether.

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