Entry 1: Mayella's Testimony
Perspective: Tom Robinson
I swear all I ever did was do what that white girl ever asked me to do. Here I am now sittin' up here getting asked by Mr. Finch all these questions. I know he a smart man and he can try to get me out from death as much as he wants to.But we both know what this town does to any filth like me. I don't even have a left hand and they gonna tell me I raped and beat a strong girl. In their eyes, I'm just another meal for them to chew up and spit out. I know I'm just part of a routine-- us black folk are seen as nothin' more than obstacles to further the safety of white people. An' I've said it before an' I'll say it again-- I ain't done nothin' wrong, and if even a man as Mr. Finch can't tell 'em that, maybe I don't even want to live in this place anymore.
Perspective: Boo Radley
So I guess this is what it is like to feel for another person. Never engaging in society leaves for an awful lot of missing out, but I can't believe I would ever have missed something so special. I really do feel close to Scout Finch, oddly enough. I just remember being outside and seeing that drunk bastard Ewell attempting something on those kids, and needed to act for her sake. I can't believe he would have the guts to do such a thing to someone so young. Well, I guess he doesn't have guts anymore, really. I'm glad I'm here now, on my porch, with my little girl, and she is finally starting to see things for herself. I hope she understands why I choose the life I live. I hope she understands that this physical friendship cannot last, but I also hope she understands I will never stop caring about her.
From this assignment, I learned how to really get into a fictional character's mind with just a little bit of context and some dialogue. It forced me to be inside of characters' minds that weren't explored in the novel, and it gave me even a better understanding of the novel itself. I believe Mr. Crooke's purpose with this assignment was to demonstrate the importance of perspective, as Atticus taught his children. I think I got out of this assignment exactly what I was supposed to because I see the events in a different light, now having thought about it from another character's mind. It was a little challenging to master how a character would think, converting quotes into full-fleshed soliloquies, but it was interesting to experiment with different styles across a variety of differing personalities. Boo Radley was probably the hardest to make a thought out of because of his reclusive and dialogue-free nature, but I feel as though I captured his feelings well.