Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Periods 6 & 7, Post 8: The True Meaning of Courage
In recent weeks, we've talked a lot about how difficult it is for Scout to follow Atticus' instructions to stay away from fights, especially with all of the hateful talk surrounding the Finches as Tom Robinson's trial approaches. Until this point, we have only heard Scout's opinion--that she saw her father as old and physically weak, albeit mentally strong. However, this week, we've seen a different side of Atticus: as the best marksman in the county, we now recognize him to possess both physical strength and talent, while making a conscious decision to abstain from violence. What I want you to consider is, why Atticus refuses to use his shooting talents. How does this carry over into his opinions about fighting? What lessons can Scout and Jem take away from their newfound knowledge of him? Your comments will count as a homework assignment grade for the second marking period of the spring semester.