To Kill a Mockingbird By: Natalie Overbeck

Scene 1: First Day of School

Perspective: Miss Caroline

A new school year in an area I’m not really familiar with is definitely nerve wracking. But, I always try to make the best of the situation and I know it will be okay because I am doing what makes me happy. Of course, I expected a couple of my students to be fussy or maybe talk back, but I was not expecting Scout’s behavior. For a first grader, she definitely is smart and I know that her father is probably teaching her things at home which doesn’t make me happy because she needs to learn in school. It may sound odd, but I simply am not the type who condones parents trying to teach their students because they could teach their students the wrong thing and put their opinions into it, which could really affect Scout in the future. My main goal as a teacher is to teach Scout and help her grow because these first few years of school are very important and shape what kind of student you become in the future. Other than Scout, my other students seem fine and hopefully eager to learn so I can teach them and eventually send them to second grade!

Scene 2: Miss Maudie's Fire

Perspective: Boo Radley

Even though it was the middle of the night, I was still awake. But when I looked outside, I heard a lot of commotion and noticed that Miss Maudie’s house was on fire. I also noticed that most of the town was outside watching the fire engulf Miss Maudie’s house and saw Jem and Scout standing out among the crowd. Both Jem and Scout seemed very distracted by the fire and all the commotion (just like a lot of other people standing outside watching). Looking closer, I noticed Scout was shivering standing next to Jem and she is so little that I didn’t want her to get sick and Atticus seemed to have enough on his plate at that moment (helping take care of the fire and being there for Miss Maudie), so I decided to help. Inside the house, I noticed a brown blanket that no one used or needed so I picked it up, walked outside, and gently put the blanket around Scout without her noticing. Even though she didn’t acknowledge it in that moment, I knew she would notice it later and be thankful, which is why I did it.

Scene 3: The Final Verdict

Perspective: Judge Taylor

Getting the verdict in my hand, I felt nervous, and felt the whole town of Maycomb watching me. I assigned Atticus to this case because I had full confidence in him and know how much of a great lawyer he is and that if anyone could possibly have a chance to win, it would be him. I’m not going to lie, I really did want Atticus to win this case and personally believed that he would have the potential to win. Reading all of the guilty charges from the jury made my heart sink into the ground and saw the sadness but still some hope in Atticus’s eyes, which has always been something that I admire about Atticus. Atticus is the type of man that never gives up and keeps trying until he can’t try anymore, which is probably what makes him such an amazing lawyer. When I heard some of the town’s outcries and frustration, it made me realize something very important. What I realized is that the jury actually did take a lot of extra time to think it all through (and maybe debate) and the reaction from the town showed some progress, which is pretty significant.

Scene 4: Mrs. Dubose Catches Jem

Perspective: Mrs. Dubose

Being older and watching younger kids running around and living their lives sometimes makes me envious and angers me when they put themselves in danger like Jem and Scout seem to do constantly. You have no idea how horrible it feels to just sit around and watch everyone else live, while I can’t do any of it, I can only watch. It really is why I’m so miserable and I get very upset when Jem destroyed every single one of my camellia bushes by cutting their tops off. Since I know he clearly doesn’t like me and I could really use the company, I decided to ask him to come and read to me so I could live through someone else’s perspective and forget about what I’m going through. Yes, my behavior is probably not appropriate, but neither was Jem’s which is why he needed to be punished, in a way that helped me feel like it was okay to move on to the afterlife, because I knew my time on Earth was rapidly coming to an end. I’m very thankful that Scout also came with him, even if she didn’t want to to show her support towards her brother and just helping to keep me company, even if they didn’t understand that I was dying, like I know Atticus did.

Reflection

From this assignment, I learned more about the story and definitely feel like I gained a lot of knowledge and understood some of the most important events because of how I had to go back into the story and reread. Being able to go back into the story and reading the event also helped me to understand the different events that led up to it, too. With that in mind, I also learned that when I do an assignment like this one, it causes me to think about if the story would be different if it was told from someone else’s perspective or if other suggestions were offered by Harper Lee. Because if other perspectives were offered, then maybe readers would have more of a variety of opinions about the book. Finally, I learned that not everything has to be one sided and that there are more than one sides to a story, depending on who else was there or was involved in that instance. In addition, I feel like it is important to know and acknowledge how other people feel and what they experience in certain events, which this assignment let me explore.
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NATALIE OVERBECK
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