Young Scout and Jem find a strange, scrawny little boy in their yard who becomes their best friend. He visits only in the summer and has a strange fascination with the Radley house, where it is rumored that one of it’s inhabitants (Boo Radley) is a crazed. who doesn’t like the sun. As the years pass their father, Atticus who is a lawyer is faced with a case that will change the kids lives forever. I think that this book has a great message that people still need to hear today. Something I like about the way it was written is how you can hear the southern accent of the characters in the pages. The author did a great job of wording it in a way that you would think you would hear if you traveled to a small town like Maycome.
The movie I think did a good job on getting the main points across and did a good job sticking to the book. there was those few things that most movies based off books have. Missing characters, cut scenes, characters not appearing when they should be. I personally like to watch movies based off books before i read the book because it messes with my head and i get upset when i read the book and picture the characters one way but when you watch the movie they are totally different and you can’t watch it because the characters are making you confused. to kill a mocking bird though did a good job casting. They cast it in a way that the actors where able to portray the characters and they also weren’t so far off of what people thought they looked like
“It’s not time to worry yet,” Atticus reassured him. One of my first thoughts about this is that not only in this quote but in other parts of the book when Atticus says stuff like this it feels like he know more then he’s letting on. another quote from the book I found that I liked is “Don’t you oh well me, sir,” Miss Maudie replied, recognizing Jem’s fatalistic noises, “you are not old enough to appreciate what I said.” I think this applies to the thought that Atticus is letting on more than we know because maybe he thinks the kids wouldn’t understand if he explained what was going on. But then again Scout and Jem seem like they would be those kids that are able to understand based off of what they’ve been through. Plus scout is already above her grade in things like reading and writing. I think that this applies to everyday life because even when we are having a rough day, the worst part hasn’t come. It might not come for a while, and so for the meantime I think It’s not time to worry yet.
Well, uh. I guess i was pretty courageous last summer. It all started when my parents sent me and my sister off to… You know what it’s a long story, I’ll just summarize it for you. Okay, here we go. Me and my sister Mabel went to live with our Grunkle Stan for the summer in Gravity Falls, Oregon. We met a lot of strange people and did a lot of strange stuff. then Bill came. okay how to describe bill. Small triangular little dude with evil intentions. Pretty much everything you would look for in a little demon trying to take over your realm. Well he totally took over trapped my sister in this weird dream land and It was up to me to save her. I did save her but it took a lot out of me. That dream land almost got to me. So basically courage just is something you have that sparks when you are in a difficult situation. Or that’s adrenaline I could be wrong.
I looked up the google definition of courage and it says courage is:
- the ability to do something that frightens one.
strength in the face of pain or grief.
These are great definitions but I think that Atticus defined courage spot on. When I read that part it reminded me of atticus’s case. He has already been criticized and know he has everything to lose but he’s persisting and is still pushing forward. I think that everyone in there life could show a little more courage. Everyone has their problems that need to be worked out and without courage and the will to get overcome the challenge like Mrs Dubose they won’t be able to overcome it. by showing courage in the face of pain, grief, death, heartache, and other bad stuff that could happen too you, you will be able to push through easier than you could without courage. Atticus and Mrs Dubose are examples of two fictional people who show courage in what they do and in what they believe in. And that is what I think about atticus’s definition of courage.
I think that this idea is interesting. If Atticus defends this case then he’ll be showing the town that he’s not afraid to hold his own, but then again a lot of people in the town will become rude and their bad side will come out on Atticus. Atticus is risking a lot here. His kids are getting teased and bullied because he’s defending a negro and Atticus is going through all this knowing that his kids are getting teased because he’s doing something right. But sometimes doing the right thing comes with a price. To pay that price is a decision Atticus had to make. I think that this tells us that atticus isn’t afraid. He has courage and a strong will. He isn’t scared of people thinking bad about him and doesn’t worry when scout tell’s him that Francis said that he’s ruining the family. Honesty there still is a chance for them to win, but it’s not a very good chance. Atticus is a good lawyer and if he works his hardest he could win and things might start to turn out for the better. Or everyone would just hate him even more. That is my thought about Atticus and his persistence.
If you climb into other people’s skin you are seeing things from that persons point of view so you can understand them better and be able to know how they feel. Literally yes it is very illegal and you shouldn’t do it. But figuratively, no it is not illegal. Doing this will help you get along with other people because you can relate to them better and you understand what they are going through. I don’t normally do this but maybe it is something I should start doing so I can get along with more people and not get on there bad side. I do agree that this is a good thing to do because it lets you get to know people on a more personal level and you are able to understand them better. Also you might even get to understand yourself better than you already did, who knows?
I think that empathy is being able to understand the situation that someone has because you have gone through something similar and feel about it the same way. I think that without empathy the world would be one sad place because no one could relate and they would stay sad because no one was there to help them get better. An experience I have had that I needed empathy but didn’t really get it was when I moved to Utah in the fourth grade. It was hard because, well moving is hard no matter what because you have to leave your friends behind and sometimes when your shy like I was in the fourth grade it’s hard to make friends. I do remember there where a few people that were nice to me but I never really felt like I fit in with them. after a while though I did make friends and life was good. That’s my story for this blog post.
I think that greatest strength in English during first semester was being able to understand the articles that we worked on. I think that they were easier to understand but still at the same level as the articles you have to wright about during the SAGE testing but they were also more interesting. I know English isn’t my strongest subject but it also isn’t my worst subject. I would say it’s somewhere in the middle. I think something I could work on this semester is being able to work with a group. I think working with groups can be fun but you need to be able to talk to each other and have good communication otherwise someone will just end up doing all the work and everyone else will be confused. Something I want to get better at and I think everyone could improve on because there is always room to improve, is writing essay’s.
The design process. Thinking, testing, failing, remaking, and the final design are all parts of the design process. I think the design process is good because it lets people try an idea and during the Try part of it they will fail at least once and that’s a good thing because it allows them to learn from their mistakes to make the design better and soon they will reach the succeed part. I think this applies to English classes well because in writing you will come up with a ton of ideas and you need to know what idea will most captivate your audience and if that idea fails then you know what to fix on the next thing you write. I think this is a good life skill because their are ideas in everything and those ideas are going to need someone to work them. They might fail a few times or even a few hundred times but eventually they will get it right. if you fail it’s not the end. Ben Franklin once said. ” I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work.”
Whether or not it is our job to promote change in this society I think is up to what is trying to be changed. Some things should not be changed. for example the curriculum being taught in local schools is totally fine. some things that should be changed however are the the amount of time in school that students have to work on missing assignment, and to get caught up on work. some things need to change like the government. Just last year we had a presidential election. That change happens every four years and needs to happen so our government does not get corrupt or damaged in any way. We also just had an election for pleasant grove to get a new mayor. This happened because the allotted time for mike daniels to be mayor is up and that would cause the need for another mayor which would bring an election which would have the people voice there opinions. This is my opinion on Promoting change.