Jem waits with her backstage until most of the people have gone home from the school. She knows that at heart, Boo is a good person. Jem's arm was hanging bizarrely from his body and in the light from the front door Scout saw Atticus help the strange man carry Jem inside. Chapter 28 begins with Scout and Jem's walk to the pageant at school. Ewell is lying outside dead with a kitchen knife in his ribs.
The section before her entrance, a history of Maycomb, is very long, and she decides to squat down inside her costume to rest. Atticus enters the home, and asks Alexandra to come into the kitchen. A patient and loving, if somewhat unusual, father, Atticus acts as the voice of reason for his children, and later the entire town. Reynolds later informs them he sustained a broken arm from the attack. Jem responds very angrily, and tells her he never wants to talk about anything having to do with that trial again. He shows up at Judge Taylor's house, and the judge sees a shadow creeping away.
This makes Scout feels ashamed. Cecil's harmless prank foreshadows Mr. Scout heard more fighting in the darkness and then a crunching sound preceded Jem's scream. Reynolds arrives, and after he examines Jem, Scout and Heck Tate go into Jem's room. Alexandra was in a rocking chair in the corner of the room and Atticus was standing by Jem's bed.
Eventually, they decide to let it be, since one innocent man-Tom Robinson-had died because of Ewell already. Ewell, not realizing that the sheriff is trying to protect Boo. Ewell won't really take any action on his threats. Scout is embarrassed about her performance and stays backstage with Jem until everyone leaves. Get the latest updates: Facebook: Twitter:. They even go so far as to allude to Atticus in their small talk although, for once, Alexandra sticks up for him.
Boo never comes out of his house and for him to expose himself and save the kids was very courageous. She cannot see her attacker from behind. The man who carried him home is in the room, but she does not recognize him. Their world has been broadened, and their silly childhood fears have been largely left behind, replaced with the knowledge that there are bigger, meaning things at large in society, like racism and injustice. As she was being crunched, someone from behind her assailant grabbed him and flung him to the ground.
Where a person comes from — his ancestry — is important, and like many small towns, Maycomb's citizens are suspicious of outsiders. Unfortunately, the community didn't believe his story. Scout tells the story from an adult point-of-view but with a child's eye and voice, which gives the story a good deal of humor and wit. Now that the children have grown older, they come to know vividly that the real source of evil to be concerned about comes from their fellowman, not from imaginary ghosts. They reach the big oak tree and stop to listen. While checking her, he puts her mind at rest by telling her Jem is not dead, but does have a bruised head and a badly broken arm. She feels horrified, but viewers just laugh.
Atticus, deeply moved by this revelation, asks Scout if she understands. She makes her way in the direction of the road, and in the streetlight she sees a man carrying Jem, whose arm is hanging down at an odd angle. She is thinking of returning to get them, when Jem stops her because he hears a strange noise. After a few minutes, they realize Cecil would have jumped at them already. Scout runs right into an unidentified person in the dark field. Scout shows that even though she has discovered that people Mr.
Jem confidently tells Scout that Mr. Also in this chapter, the town is putting on a Halloween party at the school. Scout has learned how to be a guide for others, as shown by her symbolic act of leading Boo to safety. Tate the Sheriff asks Scout to retell the story and as she retells the story she says that she thinks that Jem fought off Mr. Heck told them that Bob Ewell was under the tree with a kitchen knife stuck under his ribs.
Alexandra removes Scout's costume and hands her Scout's infamous, un-ladylike overalls to put on. The author very carefully avoids giving the reader any information about Scout's future. Additionally, when Scout goes over to the assailant after the scuffle, she smells stale whiskey emanating from him. Example: As previously noted, the mockingbird is a symbol of innocence, and several characters in the novel can be compared to mockingbirds. The acts of revenge toward the judge and Helen hint that Ewell is serious about his earlier threats to get even with Atticus. Atticus and were driving out to see Tom's wife when they spotted Jem and Dill on their way back from swimming. One's social survival depends on how well he or she follows the rules.