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To Kill a Mockingbird: Chapter 24
Transcript of To Kill a Mockingbird: Chapter 24
Chapter 24 Summary
Just then, Atticus comes home and tells Calpurnia, Aunt Alexandra, Miss Maudie, and Scout that Tom tried to escape from prison and was shot seventeen times and killed. Calpurnia leaves with him. Aunt Alexandra, Miss Maudie, and Scout return to the party and act as if nothing has happened.
ay, Aunt Alexandra invites company from he
issionary circle to have tea, and tells Scout to help Calpurnia serve. At the event, Mrs. Grace Merriweather talks about helping the poor oppressed people of Africa, then turns around and blames "some people" for her maid's "sulkiness" since the Tom Robinson trial. Miss Maudie shames the woman for talking badly about Atticus while enjoying his hospitality.
Moved in with Atticus and his family during the trial
Atticus' daughter, Jem's sister
Asked to join the missionary circle tea
Told to help Calpurnia serve the tea
Father of Jem and Scout Finch
Aunt Alexandra's brother
Heard about Tom Robinson's death and told Scout, Alexandra, and Miss Maudie
: Mrs. Merriweather goes on about how in Africa, the people should be treated as equally as whites, as she talks about how she tried to help a guide the Mrunas out of their "sin and squalor", but then right after, starts to talk badly about the black people in her own town. (pg. 305 & 310)
Atticus finds out that Tom Robinson has been shot seventeen times, and killed while trying to escape prison. (pg. 315)
: The theme is hypocrisy. Mrs. Merriweather speaks rudely about colored people in her own town after bragging about how Christian she was for helping the Mrunas be guided towards christianity and greatness. After all of that, she still calls out another person for being a hypocrit. (pg. 305,310 & 313)
"But I was more at home in my father's world." "Ladies
seemed to live in faint horror of men, seemed unwilli
approve wholeheartedly of them" (pg. 313)-Scout
Everyone wants Scout to be ladylike and grow up, but she seems to enjoy how men interact with one another, and she finds women to have a lot of confusing rules.
"If we just let them know we forgive `em, that we`ve
n it, then this whole thing`ll blow over." (page 310) -
Ms Merriweather believes that Tom Robinson is guilty & if they go tell Tom Robinson that they forgive him for raping Mayella the whole town will forget about the incident & life will go on.