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The Good Stuff in Chapters 22 & 23 in TKAM

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“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.” (243)

This ‘good stuff’ seems so deep and sad. But not like “Wow, that changed my life!” or “Oh, that’s so sad”. It’s not like that. It’s like looking at pictures of World War 2, or pictures of the Civil War, or pictures of places that bad things happened. It’s like someone tells a horribly sad true story, and says the the main person eventually dies from the thing they were fighting. This quote is saying that people do things in habit, and the people who understand the sadness will cry. I look at this quote and I can’t say much to describe it. If you’ve read or been reading this book, you’ll know how I feel. Atticus is feeling this ache–his son understands, but others don’t. Atticus won’t cry about it. He won’t scream and yell about it. He will not seek his revenge. He will feel this ache in his heart for probably the rest of his life. Sometimes it will fade to a dull throb, and sometimes it will blossom like fire. Scout will most likely never understand this stuff, because though she went through it, she didn’t really understand it (her view will be a little different because she didn’t understand it at the time). Yet Jem knows. Atticus knows. Atticus knows that he tried his best. You’d think he’d move on, but he won’t. He’ll use it to remember, to become a better person. And sometimes we need to do that too. Image result for to kill a mockingbird


  1. Aubrianna

    Wow, you are a very good writer.

  2. Shaylee

    I like how you pointed out that this experience can help them become a better person. I think that was Harper Lee’s purpose for all of her readers- at first I wondered why everything was so corrupt and justice wasn’t served, yet that was the point- it taught us how things used to be and what we don’t want to repeat. This book reminds me of Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”


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