To Kill a Mockingbird Point of View Assignment by John Dominic

Entry 1: Scout's Experience at School

  • Perspective: Scout Finch

Three words to explain my school day. I hated it. I never want to go back anywhere near the classroom and especially Miss Caroline. She is not teaching the class right. I was out at recess with Jem and Jem told me that Miss Caroline is trying a new way of teaching. Well, that new way of teaching is dumb. Miss Caroline made me feel bad that I knew how to read and Atticus taught me. She also had the austerity to give Walter a quarter for lunch and even make him pay her back the next day. Walter will never be able to pay her back, let alone trying to get it back tomorrow. The Cunningham's take no money from others because they know they won't be able to pay back the debt. I tried to inform Miss Caroline on their situation to help her out but all she did smack my hand with a ruler out of frustration. I hate school.

Entry 2: Atticus and the Mad Dog

  • Perspective: Atticus Finch

The poor thing couldn't do anything at all. I didn't want to do it at first but the town and I both knew that it was going to need to be done. Sheriff Heck came over and he just handed me the rifle. Mr. Tate claimed he would've been way more comfortable if I had taken the shot. I had not shot a gun in three decades, especially considering the distance between the mad dog and I frightened me. I took the rifle to the middle of the road and placed my glasses on the top of my head. This resulted in them just sliding back down my face so I just dropped them. I used my right eye to aim the shot, since my left eye was a curse. I pulled the lever back and saw the dog drop to the ground. Mr. Tate said that the shot was a little right like it always have been back then. This should be the last time I have to use gun against something that is helpless.

Entry 3: The Trial

  • Perspective: Tom Robinson

I had never thought I would be the person stuck with this. This is the worst crime that any black man can be situated with. Well, I'm the black man and I'm sitting in this courtroom in this situation. With almost the whole town voting against me in the room except the other blacks on the balcony with Jem and Scout and Dill and the man next to me, Atticus. All of my hope is thrown onto Atticus' shoulders because he is the only person who could possibly save me. Atticus has a very simple, but powerful defense that should work. The defense is that with the bruises on the right side of Mayella's face, a left-handed person would have done the beating to her. Considering that I have a left arm that doesn't work at all, this shows that I hadn't done anything wrong. This has to be seen by the townspeople, how can't it? All I can do is have hope.

Entry 4: The Savior

  • Perspective: Boo Radley

I had no other choice. Well, I did have another choice but I was not letting those kids suffer and be attacked by that man. Before I knew it, I have my kitchen knife in Bob Ewell's chest and carrying the boy home. I see his broken arm and clearly he needed help. We arrive at the Finch household and I inform Atticus about the situation so we set Jem down. Dr. Reynolds, Sheriff Heck and Scout were all in the room coming to realization in what had just happened. I also begin to realize how much attention I will get and if I will be punished for protecting the helpless children. After all these years, I watch from my house of a bunch of crazy events occurring. Atticus shooting the mad dog, Miss Maudie's house go up in flames and this is the one time I had to break through stop Bob from taking the kids lives. I did the right thing and I think I'm ready to go back to my house.

This project sums up one of the many life lessons that Atticus taught his children, Jem and Scout. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view; until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." (Lee 39) Looking through an event through someone else's eyes can crucially change the way you think of things. It can persuade to change your opinion on the situation and let you gain more knowledge on the situation. Each and every one of the people of the town will have a different opinion on some events like the trial, Bob attacking the children and what Boo is doing staying in the house for years. I learned from this assignment that how much more I can learn just by expanding from looking through my eyes, but one, two or even more other perspectives. This will help me learn and become a better person through situations in life. Considering things from another point of view, it's that simple.

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