To Kill a Mockingbird Point of view assignment -Paige Mchugh

Entry one: Atticus agrees to defend Tom Robinson

Point of View: Atticus

“Do all lawyers defend n-Negroes, Atticus?” “Of course they do, Scout” (Lee 100). I knew this was coming… When I first learned of the case I was somewhat apprehensive. However, I knew I had to do this for, not only, Tom, but Scout and Jem as well. Tom is innocent and although the court’s prejudice will blind them from seeing that I cannot turn my back on him. I would never forgive myself. The town is not going to be easy on Scout or Jem but they need to learn how to walk on their own two feet. They cannot follow everyone else. I hope I can use this trial to their advantage and guide them to what is right. The disease will not caught them. I will not have it. They will be hurt in the end by the verdict, everyone knows what will happen, but they need to grow into their own mindsets. Never give up, no matter what the outcome will be. Scout needs to realize she cannot reaction with violence and Jem can no longer be naive to the world. Scout and Jem are going to learn that their world, Maycomb, is not perfect yet far from it.

Entry two: The Lynch Mob

The sound of engines being cut and footsteps coming towards the jail filled the air. They will do nothing to me. But it is not me I am worried about. I know their goal, I know who they are after. I put down my newspaper and the men tell me to move aside. I will do no such thing. They will not get Tom before I even have the chance to tell his side of the story. The men keep at it until I hear “H-ey, Atticus!” (Lee 203). All of my guard and grace fell at the sound of those two words. I look down and see Scout smiling brightly right up at me. I can feel my whole face pale. I slowly rise and can feel myself shaking. This can not be happening. I tell Jem to go home. He shakes his head. One of the men grabs Jem by the collar and Scout yells and kicks at him. I tell her to stop, that we don’t kick folks. I cannot have them here. Then I notice Scout has begun talking to one of the men. “Entailments are bad” (Lee 205). My jaw almost drops at that and all my attention is on Scout. Soon enough the men leave, piling back into their cars. I walk to the jail relieved. Scout did a very bold move but it might have saved Tom’s life.

Point of View: Atticus

Entry three: The Trial

Point of View: Jem

Mr. Ewell is a no good liar. I don’t know what to do. I clench my fists. Atticus is right: Tom did nothing. I rise as Atticus passes. Scout does not understand. She sits until told to stand up. I do not want to hear about this trial ever again. This town has just sinned. It is a sin to kill a mockingbird and Tom Robinson is just that. A mockingbird. This is just not right. Everyone deserves a fair shot, especially in a courtroom where you promise to tell the truth and nothing but it. Tom can’t even use his left hand. In what world does someone punch another with their right and hit the person on their right as well. The jury is blind. Miss Maudie says there were people who supported my father, not many, but still a few. I breath slowly as we walk home. There are so many different types of people in this world. Where do I belong?

Entry four: Bob Ewell attacks the Finch children
Point of View: Boo Radley

I can see Scout and Jem walking home through the kitchen window. They seem frightened. Jem keeps looking over his shoulder. There! I can see it now. A stumbling figure comes out of the shadows. I slowly grasp the knife sitting on the counter next to me. The figure continues to get closer but I cannot make out who it is. I do not want to risk coming out over nothing but what if Scout and Jem are in danger. They are my children. I’ve watched them grow from this house. Suddenly Scout is shoved to the ground. I run faster than I’ve ever run out the door. I can smell the stench of liquor before I can even get close. Jem is wrestling around and shrieks in pain before falling to the ground knocked out. I can see the figure now and it’s Bob Ewell. Before he can do any more harm I grab him. He continues to struggle and I stab the knife into his abdomen. He falls limp. I pick up Jem and quickly begin to carry him home before anyone sees. I hope Jem is ok. I knock on the door and Atticus answers, realizing what has happened, letting me inside. I set Jem down and watch as Scout enters the room. She seems taller than I remember. “Hey, Boo” (Lee 362).

Reflection

In order to thoroughly understand the novel we had to 'stand in the shoes' of the characters. We picked some of the major scenes in the novel and wrote how a certain character would reaction in their own perspective of the situation. Writing through their eyes and considering their perspectives on their world enhanced the book's messages. It also helped to personally teach us the lessons the book shares. We can now apply the lessons more effectively to our lives. To stand and walk in someone else's shoes, interpret their emotions and connections with others, and think in their mindset is a skill everyone should have. It puts us in their place and as a result we will begin to think more about other people and their feelings. It also lengthened the knowledge of the book. We can now understand why the characters did what they did, how, most of the time, it was the right thing to do, and the thoughts that went into making the decisions.

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