Good Stuff

“Tellin’ the truth’s not cynical is it?” — “The way you tell it, it is” (p. 244). This is a conversation between Dill and Aunt Alexandra. Dill was explaining the things his Aunt Rachel does (that he doesn’t like) and Alexandra made it sound like he was being rude. This kind of controversy happens all the time in this world. A child’s innocent, truthful words can sound like hateful words when someone shoots it down, like Alexandra. She seems to disapprove of everything the kids do and there are some adults out there who do the same. I feel like so many times we can’t do anything right for parents/teachers/leaders etc. And for some people everything that comes out of my mouth is wrong. When adults (or even peers) accuse me of doing something I didn’t intentionally do, just because they assume, I get really frustrated and feel victimized. This is probably how Dill feels in this circumstance. He feels like he didn’t have the chance to explain himself and Alexandra wasn’t taking the time to understand his view. This is a very relatable topic and that’s why I picked it, but it also seems to happen a lot in the book. I think there might be a pattern of this, when someone doesn’t fully understand the perspective of another before criticizing them.

2 thoughts on “Good Stuff”

  1. I can totally relate to you. It’s interesting though, the rest of the time spent with Dill, he strives to be more compassionate and empathetic. Most likely because of Alexandra and others.

  2. I think it’s awesome that you put in about children’s innocence. I feel like a lot of people forget just how innocent a kid can be

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