To Kill a Mockingbird

What to Look for in Chapters 3-4...

Scout gets taught a lesson...

More episodes dot Scout and Jem's childhood. There is more Radley house intrigue and we get our first introduction to the Ewell family, a major presence in the later part of the story. Here are some things to think about in this section...

Moral education vs. School education
In chapters 3-4, we get a look into Scout's school experience. Think about the problems with the new teacher (Miss Caroline) and also what this chapter shows about Scout's personality. Ask yourself: is Scout more educated than the other children? Does this appear to be a successful school system in Maycomb? Are kids better off learning at home or in a school in a community such as this?

Atticus the father
In chapters 3 and 4, we get a good sense of the kind of man and father Atticus is. Consider Atticus's words in this section. He makes strong statements about the Ewells and gives one of many important pieces of advice to his children. He also shows his role as the disciplinarian father. Think about what problems may occur within the Finch household now that you know the family dynamic in the novel.
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