I read The Help for my book group. First of all, I thought it was a super well written book along with To Kill a Mockingbird. They both have very similar lessons and themes in them. In The Help, it mentions To Kill a Mockingbird a few times. One question I have for The help is why aren’t people more accepting of black people in the help if To Kill a Mockingbird was already written. It has so many great lessons in it and I think if people had read it, the people in the time of The Help would have been way more accepting of everyone. I think there are connections with people’s names in both books. In To Kill a Mockingbird, it was Tom Robinson and Tim Johnson. In The Help, there are a lot of people’s names that are very similar. All the ladies that are friends for example all of very similar names. I think Skeeter has a very different name than the others to set her apart from her friends because she doesn’t believe all the things that do. She disagrees with a lot of what she says. I think there is a lot of things to take away from both of the books. They were both written very well and with a lot of thought.
In the previous terms, I have gotten all A’s so I am really proud of that. I did well with completing my homework and I have done really well with attendance. I need to improve on completing my homework earlier so I’m not doing it the night before and staying up really late. I need to manage my time better so I can do my homework earlier. I also need to study for tests earlier because I usually just study the night before the test and I don’t study as well as I could. I want to improve my determination with my school work. I sometimes just do my homework and my assignments because I want to get an A, but I should be doing it because I want to learn. One of my big goals for this year is to manage my time better. I am really bad at doing important things first, and then doing things that I want to do. I am planning to do my homework and my important stuff before I watch Netflix and YouTube in 4th term.
The quote I chose was “They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it-seems that only children weep.” Atticus says this to Jem when he asks Atticus how could they find Tom Robinson guilty. I think this is a really powerful quote. It shows that racism is a really big problem in Maycomb. I think it also tells you a lot about the people there. It shows that they don’t care about what’s right or wrong. They just don’t want to look bad in front of everybody and they don’t want to be embarrassed. They just care about themselves and how they look to people. I think when people read this part of they book, they realize how sad Atticus is that they lost the case. He obviously hates that they lost and that it is so common that they convict black people just because they’re black. I really like the part that says “only children weep” because it shows that not very many people in the town care that Tom was found guilty and the kids are really sad that he’s not free. I think this quote tells a lot about Atticus and the story.