There is so little that we know about the students in this school. There area so many different people in this school who all have different circumstances. Yeah, we all know of the popular’s, or the cute kids, and the smart kids, and the not so smart kids, but do you really know them? Of course you know more about one person than another because we get along with some people than we do others. For example I know a lot more about my best friend than I do about the person that I sit by in my classes. But what have learned is that everyone has one or a couple of things that they don’t tell anyone, not even their best friend in the whole entire world. Everyone has there own things that they don’t want anyone to know about, I know I do. I know that some people are really shy and others are just an open book to everyone, but everyone has at least a chapter in their own book that they don’t tell or show anyone.
At the start of this year I have had a couple of goals that I really wanted to achieve. I wanted to get better at reading and writing. This year I am getting better at reading when i’m not told to (very surprising). If you know me even a little you will know that I don’t like reading and I am not very good at it. But this year I have been working hard at getting better at reading. Another thing i have been working on is writing. I really like to write but not read for some odd reason. But this year sense i have been working on my reading it has improved my writing. I still need to get better at reading so I want to keep working on it till I like it, so now i’m making myself read for an hour every day.
What does make a person great? There are many ways that a person can be great. Like some people can have great style, some can have great hair, some have great academic abilities. But I think what makes a person great is their personality and how they treat others. The way people treat others has a real impact on their personality. people with a good personality who are humble and kind are more likely to treat others well and be kind to them. If your personality is stubborn that may meant that you treat others poorly. A great person are the ones who care about others feelings and want the best for them in life.
I really liked this book actually. I thought it was going to be boring because all of my older relatives from the ancient ages liked it and recommended this book to be so I didn’t really want to read it because all of my relatives have bad taste, or so I thought. I thought in the first part of the book / movie that it had this whole introduction with Boo Radley and then in the second part of the book it had nothing to do with him until the very end, which all makes sense now. I felt like the movie was good I just wish it had more detail. In the book Calpurnia has a pretty good part but in the movie it’s like you barley even know who she is. Also in the book they have their family Christmas party and Aunt Alexandria comes and lives with them but in the movie none of that happened. Another example is when the house catches on fire and Boo gives Scout a blanket, I think that they should of included it into the movie because it shows that Boo actually cares for the kids, But overall i really liked the book and the movie. I liked that they had some similarities and had some differences too.
In chapter 22 Atticus says At the trial for Tom Robinson Jem was really excited because he was sure that they were going to win. At the end of the trial Robinson was said guilty, but everybody knew that he was not guilty and that Mr. Ewell had beaten up Mayella. Jem started crying and saying that its not fair and right before Jem and Scout go to bed atticus says “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.” This quote is really interesting. Because its saying that children don’t really judge people by their skin color or what job they have. They judge on how kind and fun the person is. I think this quote is trying to tell us that kids really do understand whats going on maybe even more than the adults do. The children don’t care what people look like, it’s how they act.
A long time ago in a far off place named Pleasant Grove my dad had to make a hard choice weather or not he really wanted to be a police officer or not. He chose to because he wanted to help his community. A while after he got married and had children. One day his only son asked him if he should become a police officer and the wise old man at the age of 42 said “son, being an police officer takes a lot of work and courage to do something that puts your life at risk every day. you also have to deal with the stupid fireman who sit around all day” by this time the son was thinking of not being an officer because it does not sound fun. Then his old man kept talking, he said “you really have to love something to do it for the rest of your life but son, it is an honor to serve the community, look how far I have come i am not the chief of police You also get to meet a lot of new people that you may not know at the time, but they will have a big impact in your life.” And at that moment the son realized that he was going to be like his dad and serve the community.
In the end of chapter 11 when Atticus says “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” I think what Atticus was trying to say is that it takes courage to read to a crazy old lady who doesn’t like you or your family and is extremely rude to you. Because it also took a lot of courage for Atticus to shoot Tim Johnson and I think he was worried that Jem and Scout were going to think that that was the only type of courage. But there are so many other types of courage not just when you have a gun in your hand. It takes courage to talk to certain people or stick to your beliefs even when you know you’re going to lose.
I think the idea that Atticus is still sticking with what the knows and what he believes in even though he is pretty sure they are going to lose says that Atticus sticks with his word and he wont turn down what he believes is right. I feel like it is totally worth trying even though you think your going to loose because if you stick to what you know or think is right then if you end up winning then people will respect you once they realize what is right. But I also think it really sucks that his family has to go through some of their closest friends and family turning against them and not agreeing with them. Its not fair to their family that they are getting called names and getting treated badly. But its worth it.
When we started reading this book I wasn’t that excited to read it because everyone who was telling me it was good was older than 30 and it sounded boring to me. But now that we are more into the book I really really like it because its not talking about boring old stuff. I really like that this book is focus on two siblings and them trying to figure out who this boo radley is and why he is always staying in the house. I like how this book is set in the south and you can hear their southern accents in your head through the words your reading. I just don’t get where the racism comes in, in this book. Maybe its because were not even 100 pages in, but i can’t wait to keep reading this and figure out why the title is “To Kill a Mockingbird”
climbing onto other peoples skin is like saying walking a mile in other peoples shoes. What Atticus is saying is seeing what the other peoples point of views in certain topics. The admonition to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes means before judging someone, you must understand his experiences, challenges, thought processes, etc. You have to understand what the person is going through and what their dealing with before you judge them. None of us were born into the exact same situation, although some of our situations may be similar they are not the same. We have to see things from other peoples point of view so we can understand why they are acting the way that they are. It is really helpful to understand why people are doing things the way that they are, because if you just judge people right off the bat then you will never know what its like living in their shoes.