Scene 1: First Day of School
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.
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.