Dialectical Journal Ch. 16

 Textual Evidence & Literary Device Commentary and Explanation and Reflection and Questions
" ...the memory of Atticus calmly folding his newspaper and pushing back his hat became Atticus standing in the middle of an empty waiting street, pushing up his glasses."In this quote they show how much Atticus' has changed throughout  the time that this story has taken place in.
 "Mr. Cunningham's basically a good man," he said, "he just has his blind spots along with the best of us." In this quote Atticus was trying to make excuses for the way his friend acted against him.
 "Mr. X Billups..." This is a man that is funny. I think his name shows that he is humble.
 "...We could always catch her mood by the way she stood." This quote shows how Miss Maudie is a very predictable person. Anyone could figure out what she was feeling by the way that she acted.
 "They don't belong anywhere. Colored folks won't have 'em because they're half white; white folks won't have'em 'cause they're colored, so they're just in-betweens, don't belong anywhere." This quote show how prejudiced they where insted of both of the groups accepting the person that is half white and half colored both groups shun this person.

Summary:
Everyone is nervous that Atticus has to go to the court room trial. People from all over town come to see what will happen to him. Everyone attends the trial except Miss Maudie, she refuses to go even though its public. People eat lunch all over the town square. Jem, Scout, and Dill try to sneak into the court room to see the trial, but not let Atticus see that they are there. The Reverend makes them sit in the balcony, where the black people are suppose  to sit, were they have a perfect view of the whole court room.They find out that Judge Taylor is the judge of the case. He has a reputation of ruling in an unfair way.


Characters:

Mr. Dolphus Raymond -  A wealthy white man who lives with his black mistress  

Jem - Scout’s brother and constant playmate

Scout - The narrator and protagonist of the story

Dill - Jem and Scout’s summer neighbor and friend

Atticus - Scout and Jem’s father

Reverend Sykes - reverend of the town

Judge Taylor - unfair judge of the trial


Literary Device:

In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, the author Harper Lee, uses flashback at the beginning of chapter sixteen. This is shown in the following quote, "...the memory of Atticus calmly folding his newspaper and pushing back his hat became Atticus standing in the middle of an empty waiting street, pushing up his glasses." It shows how the innocence of Atticus was taken away. He had done something that couldn't be forgotten. Lee's use of flashbacks is critical to the plot of the story.



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