Friday, December 16, 2016

Found Poem Blog

What Is Best For The Family

Aunt Alexandra was of the opinion
Declaring what is Best For The Family
Teaching me how to be a lady
Try to behave

She fitted into the world of Maycomb
Secretary of the Maycomb Amanuensis
Scratch most folks in Maycomb

The last of her kind

They recieved a Crawford instead of a Finch
She was cold and there
Said wasn't supposed to do anything
That required pants

We are not run of the mill people
One had to behave like a sunbeam
I'm wouldn't be so sure of that
She must have put him up to this

Aunt Alexandra was of the opinion
Declaring what is Best For The Family
The last of her kind

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Character Relationships Blog

Atticus and Aunt Alexandra

          Atticus and Aunt Alexandra from To Kill A Mockingbird, are similar in one way. They way they are similar is that they are both from the same pure bred family. The book states in chapter 13, "'Your aunt has asked me to try and impress upon you and Jean Louise that you are not run of the mill people, that you are the product of several generations' gentle breeding...'" This quote shows that Atticus and Aunt Alexandra are very important. Their family of one of the highest in the town.

         They are also different in many ways. One of these ways was that they acted differently. In chapter 9 it states, "...I decided that she was swapped at birth, that my grandparents had perhaps received a Crawford instead of a Finch." This explains that Aunt Alexandra is not kind like Atticus is. She seems like she is from another family. Another reason they are different is that Aunt Alexandra thinks that the kids should grow up now and Atticus doesn't think that. The book states in chapter 13,"' She asked me to tell you you must try to behave like the little lady and gentleman you are.'" This quote explains that Aunt Alexandra was telling Atticus what to say to the kids. Later in the same chapter it also states, "'I don't want you to remember it. Forget it."' This quote shows that Atticus didn't really want to say these things to the kids because he didn't want them to grow up already.

        Atticus' relationship with Scout is that he is her father. He is also her friend. She confides in him and asks him many questions. He answers her in an adult way, not like she is a child. The quote states, "'What's rape?' I asked him that night... He sighed, and said rape was carnal knowledge of a female by force and without consent." This shows that Atticus gives her the real answer and doesn't try to sugar coat it. Scouts relationship with Aunt Alexandra is that she is Scouts "femine influence". This means that Aunt Alexandra is supposed to make Scout more like a lady and show her the ways of womanhood.

         These two people affect Scout in a few different ways. Atticus influences her by showing her how to be a good human being. In chapter 9 it states, “‘This time we aren't fighting the Yankees, we’re fighting our friends. But remember this, no matter how bitter things get, they're still our friends and this is still our home.”’  Atticus is trying to tell Scout to not fight her peers. Aunt Alexandra influences Scout because she in some way, tells her that her father is a 'nigger lover'. This influences her to think that her father isn't as amazing as she once thought he was. In the book in chapter 9 it states, "At a safe distance he called, 'He's nothing but a nigger-lover!' 'He is not!' I roared." This quote shows that Francis was calling Atticus a 'nigger-lover'. Francis learned it from Aunt Alexandra. Even though Aunt Alexandra didn't really positively influence Scout like Atticus did, she did influence her.