To Kill A Mockingbird Assignment
Calpurnia changes and develops by the way she handles certain situations with Jem and Scout. Now that the children are getting older, she learned that she has to talk and explain things differently from when they were younger. Her dominat character traits are helpful, kind, rough and wise as shown through the quote in chapter 12 " Baby, I just cant help it if Mister Jem's growing up... we'll find lots of things to do in here'' (pg.115).This shows that Calpurnia is comforting Scout as she's upset about her brother growing up. The quote Jem had said "Cant anybody take a bath in this house without the whole family lookin?" (pg.117) shows that Calpurnia took no ifs, ands and buts with Jems attitude and still helped him in the shower. These traits are important to the novel because they help Scout and Jem to grow up to become nice, mature young adults. Calpurnia acts as a loving, mother figure for both the children and as a result Scout learns how to spell and Jem learns proper manners because of Calpurnia's teachings.
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Scout (Jean Louise Finch)
Scout becomes respectful and learn how to be polite to all people no matter how rude they are. Scout tries to change the way she reacts and how/what she says but this is really challenging for her. Her dominating traits are relentless, stubborn and loving. These traits are important to the novel because for instance, in Chapter 15 Scout helped Atticus by being relentless when Mr. Cunningham wouldn't answer her questions. "Hey Mr. Cunningham, how's your entailment gettin' along?"(pg.153) Scout said. If Scout hadn't been as relentless than she had been, then Atticus and the prisoner Tom Robinson would have been in a great deal of trouble. This is also showing how Scout is loving towards her father. She didn't want anything to happen to him and then decided to come up with a diversion so Mr. Cunningham and the rest of the gang would leave him alone." How are we going to sing it if there aint any hymn-book?" (pg.120) Scout had said while interrupting Reverend Sykes from talking up on the altar. This is showing how she cant keep quiet for a very long time and how she has a lot of questions that she wants to be answered.
Jem ( Jeremy Atticus Finch)
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Dialogue - Dialogue is a conversation between 2 or more people in this case during chapter 12 there was dialogue between Calpurnia and Scout. On there way home from the church Scout was asking Calpurnia about the Tom Robinson case and what rape was.
Calpurnia and Lula- Calpurnia and Lula had a small back to back conversation about how white people where not welcome in there church. Calpurnia responded with attitude that all are welcome and Lula left them alone for the rest of the time being but, she was not happy with the children being there.
Pathos- Pathos is a quality that causes people to feel sympathy and sadness. In chapter 12 this took place in the church when Reverend Sykes was counting up all the donation money. As he finished counting all the coins he said " This is not enough, we must have ten dollars, you know what its for- Helen cant leave those children to work while Tom is in jail" (pg.122). Reverend Sykes is trying to make everyone feel sad and upset and make them donate more money to help out Helen. He gets someone to close up the doors and wait until people donate more money. He got his way and everyone donated enough money to help Helen out.
Pathos was also shown when both Jem and Scout walked up to the church. Scout had described the church as unceiled and unpainted along with walls that had unlighted kerosene lamps that hung on brass brackets and pince benches that worked as pews. By the building so poor and old, it might make people sad and want to donate and contribute to helping to fix up the church.
Simile- is a comparison between 2 unlike things using the words like or as to connect them. On page 117 Scout says that Calpurnia used so much starch in her dress it came up like a tent when she sat down. This is a simile because it compares her dress to being as tall and large as a tent due to the amount of starch on her dress.
Another example of a simile used in chapter 12 is when Jem says that its like we are going to Mardi Gras. Jem is comparing Scout and his fancy clothes to a fancy party. Calpurnia is making everyone dress up nicely because how the children dress is a reflection on how she works and how she takes care of the children so she wants them to dress well.
Why Harper lee used these literacy devices
Reason for the creative piece and for the video
For my creative piece, I decided to draw a picture of what a black church would look like during this time period that occurs during this book. In front of the church is Calpurnia, Scout and Jem and what they where thinking about as they where walking into this poor, black church. I chose this section of chapter 12 because it was a transition on how black people live and pray compared to the rich, white people. It might have been different for Scout and Jem and that is why I wanted to re create this scene.
I chose to use this video for my video portion of this project because in this book there contains Pathos which is very common in all books but, I feel like we seem to overlook it or we are already used to it and so we dont think about it much. I wanted to show the difference between Pathos, Ethos and logos as Pathos was used during this chapter (chapter 12).
"How'd you and Mister Jem like to come to church with me tomorrow?''
Spoken to: Scout
Analysis: The importance of this quote is to show how welcoming and mother-like Calpurnia is towards the children. Calpurnia thinks that its important for the children to worship and stay close to there God as well as gain some new views on the world outside of the "white" part of town. In Calpurnia's neighbourhood (black neighbourhood) they have church differently and she wants them to see how different people worship the same God. This was when Atticus was out of town and Calpurnia was in charge of the children. she wants them to stay occupied and learn something knew at the same time.
" Brethren and sisters, we are particularly glad to have company with us this morning. Mister and Miss Finch. You all know their father. Before I begin I will read some announcements"
Speaker: Reverend Sykes
Spoken to: the whole church
Analysis: The importance of this quote is that Reverend Sykes shows the meaning of welcoming new people into the church. He welcomes white children into a black people church. This makes the children feel more comfortable and interested in their God. All are welcome in the kingdom of God no matter who you are, no one should be judged.
"Its not necessary to tell all you know. Its not ladylike- in the second place, folks dont like to have somebody around knowin' more than they do...you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language"
Spoken to: Scout
The importance of this quote is to show that you dont have to go and tell everyone about your problems or what you know about them. This was a learning lesson for Scout as she liked to bud into peoples business and ask questions that didn't involve her. This quote is also showing that only women cant talk and ask questions about peoples life but, men can. as said in the above quote, it says that its not ladylike to let people know that you know more than you should be knowing.