Point of View Assignment Amanda Felix

Scene 1: Jem In Front of mob out to get Tom

Point of View: Jem Finch

This is making me real nervous. I don't think Scout understands the seriousness of what is going on right now. They're talking to Atticus like they're gonna do something bad to him! Atticus told me to go home, but I refused. I am too scared that they might hurt him, or Scout and Dill. Now they're telling Atticus to make us kids go home, but I don't think I should. Then Scout does something. She starts talking to Mr. Cunningham as if it were just a normal day, a normal conversation. She tells Mr. Cunningham to say hello to Walter Jr for her, and he gets up real close to her and tells her that he'll give Walter her message. It's so strange! Scout must really not understand what these men were planning to do. I swear they were gonna hurt Atticus! And Scout is just talking to Mr. Cunningham as if nothing out of the ordinary is happening! I don't know what the Sam hell she is thinking! After Mr. Cunningham speaks to Scout, he tells the other men that it is time for them to leave, and they do.

Jem and Scout in front of the mob
Scene 2: Dolphus Raymond and his reveal

Point of View: Dolphus Raymond

As I walk along with my paper bag filled with a lie, I encountered three young children. One of the boys looked particularly upset, so I offered him some of the contents of my paper bag. They probably believe it is whisky, but in reality it's just some Coca-Cola. See, the entire town believes that I am a drunk loser, but it is all an act. I use this false drunkenness as an excuse for the things I have done, which the people of Maycomb do not approve of. They are disgusted by my mixed children, and my colored wife. They don't even care that I am from a rich family, all that matters to them is that I have gone against their morals. To protect my family and keep the town's watchful eyes off of us, I put on the mask of drunkenness. I tell all of this to the kids, not really knowing why at first. But maybe I do know. They are young, and impressionable. Maybe I just wanted to give them a view of a person who does what he knows is best for the ones he loves, instead of following the town's strict morals.

Dill's emotion during the trial
Scene 3: Boo Radley saves Jem and Scout

Point Of View: Boo Radley

The moment I saw Bob Ewell walk into the woods, I knew something was wrong. It was time to go outside. I grabbed a kitchen knife and left through the front door, creeping through the woods to investigate. I heard rustling, then a scream. It was Jem. I rushed towards the sound to see what was happening, and I got a glimpse of Bob Ewell tackling Jem. I heard a crack, and knew something bad had happened. Now Bob was on Scout, who was in her ham costume. The costume was so large and hard that it seemed to be keeping her from being harmed for now, but I decided to take action. I couldn't bare to see another Finch child hurt. Bob had his hands around the suit, and was trying to hurt Scout. I sneaked up behind him and tackled him to the ground. I withdrew the knife from my pocket and stabbed Bob Ewell. He would never hurt another child again, never threaten another Maycomb citizen, never cause any more trouble. It needed to be done, so I decided to be the one to do it.

Boo Radley after helping Jem
Scene 4: Heck Tate's good lie

Point of View: Heck Tate

As I looked over Bob Ewell's dead body, I knew what needed to be done. Ewell had caused too much furor in Maycomb, and it was time for it to end. The way he was laying, it looked like he could have fallen on his own knife. I already knew the story I would tell: Bob was so disgusted with himself that he took his own life. Maybe he finally realized that he was a horrendous excuse for a person, and decided it was time to end it all. Atticus protested my decision to make the town believe Bob took his own life, but it was to be expected. Atticus believes in equality under law, everybody knows that. But I wore him down. I refused to let Maycomb believe Boo Radley was a bad person. He did what he did out of the goodness of his heart, not out of menace. But the townspeople are adamant in their beliefs, and I know that they will blame Boo, frame him as a criminal. I knew what needed to be done, so I did it.

Heck talking to Atticus about his decision
Reflection

When reading To Kill A Mockingbird, I found myself not being too attached to many of the characters. I automatically felt empathy for characters like Scout and Tom Robinson, but other characters who didn't play such a huge role in the story, I didn't feel the same empathy for them. Now, through this assignment, I was able to put myself in their shoes and feel what they felt, think what they thought. I especially felt this when I was writing from Heck Tate's point of view. Before, I didn't fully understand his choice to lie to the entire town about what Boo Radley did to Bob Ewell, but now I feel like I have a better understanding of his decision. I really get why he did what he did now, and after looking into his reasons for doing what he did, I agree with his actions. I think having experiences like that is what this assignment was all about. I went inside the head of these characters that I previously didn't understand, and investigated why they think the way that they do. I think this is a valuable lesson to use throughout daily life. You never know who somebody truly is until you put yourself in their shoes, and see the world from their point of view.

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