- The opening of the novel begins with a detailed story of how Jem broke his arm. Through this, we are given an insight into what Jem is like as a character as we learn what his behaviours/thought processes are like. We are also vaguely introduced to Dill and Boo Radley, which intrigues us as we want to know more about the story of how Jem broke his arm with Dill trying to get Boo out. But out of what is what we don’t know which gets us predicting different ideas about the book. Scout, Jems younger sister, says how she “maintains) that the Ewells started it all” whereas Jem clarified that it was in fact due to the story of Boo Radley and Dill. This makes it seem that Scout, who’s four years younger, was trying to believe in the half of the story that didn’t bring back memories of Boo Radley, and instead was convincing herself that it all happened innocently and without the fault of the ‘crazy’ man.
- In the third chapter, Scout is trying to prove Jem wrong, but he’s not budging. The mood is slightly humorous as Scout is trying very hard to win the argument, using every story in the book to use as an argument. This is humorous to us as it can remind us of what we were like as kids fighting with our siblings about whos story’s right.
- “ a fur-trapping apothecary from Cornwall whose piety was exceeded only by his stinginess.” “ his first two clients were the last two people hanged in the Maycomb County jail”
- Scout’s teacher Mrs Caroline was upset that Scout already knew how to read and write, she began telling Scout that she must stop learning at home as she is learning wrong and it will hold her back from learning new skills. Miss Caroline says how Scout’s dad is teaching her wrong, however she only has this opinion as she is trying to teach the kids of Maycomb in a new way so she was disappointed that Scout has already learned using the traditional way. This is ironic because Miss Caroline is a teacher so she should be stoked that Scout can already read and write because it makes her job easier, but instead she is angry and upset that Scout has beaten her to it.
- Entailment is when is a property doesn’t sell, the next in line of kin will get it.
- Miss Caroline becomes frightened by something that’s ‘alive’ halfway through the chapter. We learn this to be the ‘cooties’ in Burris Ewell’s hair; a cootie is a nit or lice in somebody’s hair.
- It was looked down upon in Maycomb County if people were to go hunting out of season by the residents of the County.
- Scout was furious that Bob Ewell was hunting out of season and didn’t understand why people let it happen as it wasn’t fair on everyone else. She describes it fiercely, using language only a lawyer would use, so this shows she thinks it’s it big rule that shouldn’t be broken, treating it as if it was illegal. However, these are big rules and opinions for a little girl to have so Scout must’ve heard these opinions elsewhere, most-likely from Atticus, and followed along because she thinks so highly of her elders opinions.
- Bob Ewell is the only resident in Maycomb county who is allowed to hunt out of season because everyone feels bad for his kids and they don’t want to restrict their food income.