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To Kill A Mockingbird CH.2

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Juanito Valdez

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To Kill A Mockingbird CH.2
Summary
September arrives, and Dill leaves Maycomb to return to the town of Meridian. Scout, meanwhile, prepares to go to school for the first time, an event that she has been eagerly anticipating. Once she is finally at school, however, she finds that her teacher, Miss Caroline Fisher, deals poorly with children. When Miss Caroline concludes that Atticus must have taught Scout to read, she becomes very displeased and makes Scout feel guilty for being educated. At recess, Scout complains to Jem, but Jem says that Miss Caroline is just trying out a new method of teaching.
Literary Devices
"She looked and smelled like a peppermint drop." This description of Miss Caroline contains a simile.
Chapter Organization
Scout’s unpleasant first day of school has a threefold purpose: it locates the reader’s sympathies firmly with the narrator; it offers a further introduction to Maycomb’s tortured social ladder; and it provides sharp social commentary on the theme of children and education, one of the book’s most important themes. In her interactions with Miss Caroline, Scout is victimized by her teacher’s inexperience; Scout means well but receives only punishment in return. The rigid, impersonal protocols demanded by the law and by Miss Caroline’s method of teaching are shown to be insufficient and irrational—Burris Ewell can keep the law happy by coming to school only one day a year, while Scout incurs her teacher’s wrath simply by learning to read at an early age. This topsy-turvy educational outlook fails catastrophically to meet the needs of either student. Scout, who is commonsensical enough to perceive this failure immediately, is frustrated by her inability to understand why her teacher acts as she does, and why she, Scout, continually incurs disfavor for well-intentioned actions.
Quote
"First of all," he said, "if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view […] until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."
Ch.2 Theme
In chapter two of To Kill A Mockingbird, the theme is that of a Maycomb education and how society works in Maycomb. Although the new teacher at Scout's school has an education of her own, Miss Caroline is not educated about the people and their behavior in Maycomb. Scout tries to educate Miss Caroline as to the way people act in Maycomb. Miss Caroline does not appreciate Scout's sincerity. She punishes Scout by spanking the palm of her hand with a ruler. The other students laugh and disrupt class. Miss Caroline is insecure, so she tries to reinforce her authority by spanking Scout.
Condescended & Peculiarities
Condescended: Be Gracious Enough
Peculiarities: An odd or unusual feature or habit
sentence 1
. Juanito was condescending to Alexandra when she asked if he wanted to join her in the black Friday sale.
Sentence 2
. Juanito was a vary peculiarities person when it came down to talking to a woman.
antonyms & Synonyms
Patronized, Stoop
Refuse, fight
Affectation, features
normality, unusualness
Vocabulary
"Professional people were poor" this is a description of alliteration.
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