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Chapter 25

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Allie MacPhee

on 8 September 2014

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Transcript of Chapter 25

In chapter 25 of
To Kill a Mockingbird
, a lesson is taught to Scout by Jem, and one of the motifs is further stressed. In the beginning if the chapter, Jem teaches Scout that the bug Scout is about to kill has not done anything wrong and does not deserve to be killed. This adds onto one of the motifs strewn thorughout the entire story, “Do not kill something without good reason”. A point of view in this chapter is Jem’s opinion that Scout should not kill the innocent bug, but rather just move it outside. Jem takes a stand in what he believes in even though he may seem like a “girl”. Also in this chapter, it is shown that the town does not care much at all about Tom’s death. This heartbreaking news is only talked about for two days before being forgotten entirely, showing the racism of this town and time.

In chapter twenty seven of
To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee, Scout recalls the few strange occurrences that have happened in Maycomb by the middle of October. Most of these events have to do with Mr. Ewell and the after effects of the trial. Mr. Ewell gets a job, then loses it, Judge Taylor gets an unexpected, unknown visitor, and Helen Robinson was followed by Mr. Ewell until her employer, Link Deas has a word with him. When Atticus and Alexandra talk about these things Atticus writes it off, almost defending Mr. Ewell. The end of October approaches and Scout tells about the new occurrences taking place for Halloween. She prepares for the pageant at the local school where she will be performing as a ham. The chapter ends with Aunt Alexandra getting the feeling of something ominous coming and Jem offers to take Scout to the school for the Halloween festivities.

Chapter twenty eight of
To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee begins with Jem and Scout walking to the school for the Halloween festivities and pageant. It is extremely dark outside and Jem and Scout have to carefully make their way across a lot to the school. On the way they are scared by Cecil, a young boy who is also in the pageant. When they reach the the high school Scout and Cecil leave Jem, and after leaving their costumes backstage they go to enjoy the festivities. After an eventful pageant Jem and Scout start the dark walk back home. During the walk Jem repeatedly states that he thinks he hears someone. Shortly after his suspicions are confirmed Jem and Scout are attacked. From Scouts point of view the fight is very confusing. A unknown man who assisted in fighting off the attacker carries a hurt Jem to their home with Scout following behind. Aunt Alexandra calls for the doctor and Mr. Tate. When they arrive the doctor sees Jem and pronounces that he has a broken arm. Meanwhile Mr. Tate investigates the crime scene and finds a dead Mr. Ewell.

Chapter twenty nine of
To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee begins with the Finches reactions to Mr. Ewell’s death. Scout is then asked to tell her part of the story and what she saw. As she tells what she understood of the event of her and Jem being attacked Mr. Tate gets a good picture of what happened. The chapter ends with Scout identifying the man who helped them and finally meeting the Boo Radley.

This is a very important chapter of
"To Kill A Mockingbird"
because of the conflict and how it is resolved. Following the run-in with Bob Ewell, Heck Tate believes that they should say that the killing was an accident by stating that "he fell on the knife". Tate says that this is so that Jem doesn't get in trouble. However, always with good morals guiding his decision, Atticus decides that he doesn't want to shield Jem from the law. Heck Tate knows that Boo Radley killed Ewell, but he doesn't want many people too know because Boo doesn't like attention. Tate concludes by saying that Ewell killed Robinson when he was innocent, and that he should "let the dead bury the dead".
Blooms Taxonomy
Throughout the chapters of twenty five to thirty one in
To Kill A Mockingbird
the story comes to an end. Scout and Jem are attacked, Scout finally meets Boo and the narrararation of the small town of Maycomb, showing how two children grow up comes to a conclusion. It is revealed that Scout fully understands the true meaning of 'it's a sin to kill a mockingbird' illustrating how much Scout has matured.
The events and discoveries in the chapters bring the book to a close. Harper Lee wraps up all the loose ends. Who are the Radleys? What is Mr. Ewell going to after his promise for revenge? How will the Finches life be after the trial? The answers to these questions, provided in the last six chapters provide clarity and closure to the story.
The chapters show that life back then was different from today's society. For example chapter 28 shows the independence and freedom children had back then. Today, at least in Peterborough parents are not as okay with their children going out at night by themselves, especially at Jem and Scouts age. Another difference is the fact that Mr. Tate and Atticus had the will to choose basically why Mr. Ewell was dead. While they made the right decision it makes you wonder. Today there are autopsies and things but back then the Mr. Tates of towns would just decide what happened, who did it, etc.
The theme of 'it is a sin to kill a mockingbird' is very prevalent in the last chapters of
To Kill A Mockingbird
. Scout understands that sending Boo to jail would be "sort of like shootin' a mockingbird" (Lee 370). The meaning of 'it is a sin to kill a mockingbird' is that it is a sin to kill or take someones innocents.
Aunt Alexandra's decision to bring Scout her overalls after Scout was attacked was amazing. It shows that even if Aunt Alexandra is not always the nicest person she loves Scout and wants what is best for her. I think almost loosing the children made her appreciate them more. She stopped caring about who she wanted Scout to be and was just happy she had a Scout.
To Kill A Mockingbird
Lee, Harper. "25." To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1960. 119-23. Print.
The novel ends with Scout briefly bringing Boo to Jem's room to say goodnight. Following, Scout walks Mr. Radley home and takes the time to appreciate his perspective of the world. Afterwards, she finds her father in Jem's room, and he reads her a story.
Lee, Harper. "Chapter 27." To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1960. 333-40. Print.

Lee, Harper. "Chapter 28." To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1960. 341-57. Print.
Lee, Harper. "Chapter 29." To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1960. 358-62. Print.

In chapter 26 of
To Kill a Mockingbird
, Lee points out a critical aspect of how Scout and Jem act now that they are older. At the beginning of the story, Scout and Jem were very scared to walk past The Radley’s, and now they walk by without a second thought. Scout’s maturity is also showed at school in an exchange between she and her 3rd grade teacher, then she and Jem. Mrs. Gates, Scout’s teacher lectures her class about how terrible Hitler was, while Scout just a few days ago heard Mrs. Gates saying that the blacks of the town needed to be taught a lesson. It shows how grown up and intelligent Scout is that she can pick up and relate these two things that her teacher said. During this chapter, it is shown that both Scout and Jem have grown up immensely since chapter one.
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Chapters 25-31
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Lee, Harper. Chapter 30. To Kill a Mockinbird. London: Arrow, 2006. N. pag. Print.

Lee, Harper. Chapter 31. To Kill a Mockinbird. London: Arrow, 2006. N. pag. Print.
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