Answer each question in this part.
Find quotations (don’t forget to give the page number) in the novel to support your ideas to gain extra credit:
1. What sort of father is Atticus?
§ look at the advice he gives his children and other people,
§ find out the way he disciplines his children,
§ and examine the way he involves himself in their activities and interests.
No one in Maycomb shows a greater respect for his fellow man than Atticus. He always believes that you must see things from both sides to understand the situation. When Scout wants to quit school after Miss Caroline declares Atticus unfit to teach her how to read, Atticus “completed his examination of the wisteria vine,” and explains to Scout:
“First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–”
“–until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
2. What are Jem’s and Scout’s views of their father?
First look at Part One
§ their views of Atticus,
then look in Part Two…
§ What are the changes you notice in their views of Atticus?
3. What opinions do the townspeople have of Atticus?
§ some of his neighbours,
§ some of the other professional people in the community,
§ and the views of the negro people in Maycomb.
4. What is your own opinion of Atticus as a father and a person?
Select one very important and major incident in the novel, and then retell it from the point of view of one of the following characters, giving their views and feelings about the people involved and the events which happened at the time:
Make sure you capture the feelings they would have, and the views they would give, as they describe what happened and what they think of the events and the people involved.
You must write at least 300 words for this section.
Here are some of the major themes in the novel:
-prejudice, bigotry and hatred
-the issue of race
-courage and standing up for principles
-being an outsider
-growing up from child to adult: the end of innocence
Take each of these major themes and describe some incidents in the novel which show the author’s views about each one. Explain what you think Harper Lee thought about those issues when she wrote the novel. Include quotes and page numbers to support your ideas.
You may choose to create an illustration of one or more incidents to show your understanding of one of the themes, but you must include the quotes and page numbers to support the pictures.
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