Classwork

10G1

Below is a selection of work from Mrs. Suttle’s 10G1 class

Character profile of Atticus, by Maisie Adams

Atticus is displayed to us, the audience as a man who loves his children and his friends and family. No matter what they say or do. We get a lot of description of Atticus all through the book, Scout shows to us, the readers how she sees her father. “Jem and I found our father satisfactory: he played with us, read to us and treated us with courteous detachment” page 6 chapter 1. Another example of where Scout describes her father is “Atticus was feeble he was nearly fifty” page 98 chapter 10. Atticus shows a lot of love towards his children even if he doesn’t display it at the front of the book, and the kids may not think this “you don’t care what happens to him” page 115 chapter 11.

Atticus is a proper gentlemen and likes to help people no matter what it makes people think of him, helping Tom Robinson, is what displays that many people are saying a lot of things about him that are hurting his children and probably him but he isn’t giving up on this case. He’s showing his brave side even though its very hard in the 1930’s America and many people have lost respect for the Finch’s but maybe some people have gained respect. “Your fathers no better then the niggers and trash he works for” page 113 chapter 11. He also has a lot of secrets that are found out In chapter 10, when his shown with a gun and “Atticus Finch was the deadest shot in Maycomb” page 108 chapter 10. Showing he has a lot of skills that he doesn’t want to show, we find out later the reason why he doesn’t want to show them is because it shows an unfair advantage on other things that he’s shooting against.

He talks a lot of sense also which he passes onto his children to help them with his day to day life, and growing up. He thinks the world of his kids which we can tell. One of my favourite quotes that represent the true Atticus is  “You might some ugly talk about it at school, but do one thing for me if you will: you just hold your head high and keep your fists down. Get your goat, try fighting with your head for a change.. it’s a good one even if it does resist learning” page 84 chapter 9. It shows he doesn’t want his children listening to what anyone else says about him and he wants them to not get angry, he wants them to be proud of him no matter what anyone says and it doesn’t matter what they say as long as they love him the way they always have.

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Coming of Age – By Sarah Matthews And Holly Davis

Holly and I have chosen to research the topic ‘coming of age’ in To Kill a Mockingbird. We have chosen to research this in today’s lesson as it will be most helpful to us in our controlled assessments and that is one of the themes we can choose. Throughout our research we will find out different people’s opinions and viewpoints on how Scout and Jem Finch change throughout the novel as they grow up.

How does Jem change throughout To Kill a Mocking Bird?

  • In chapter 23, there is a passage where Scout notices that Jem is changing in appearances lately.  She notices that “his eyebrows were becoming heavier and…a new slimness…
  • Atticus aloud Jem to have his pocket watch every so often. This is a big responsibility and symbolises age (through responsibility)  and time (shows how they have grown up throughout the book over time)

Coming of age is also represented when Mrs Dubose (the meanest women in town) calls Atticus a ‘nigger-lover’.  Jem reacts by tearing up all the bushes in her front yard, Atticus gave him a punishment of reading to her every night. Mrs Dubose died shortly after the reading sessions. Jem asks why he was made to sit by her and read every day Atticus told him “I wanted you to see what real courage is instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win but sometimes you do.”

This sums up why Atticus decided to defend Tom Robinson. The quote is found on the last page of Chapter 11…the end of part 1.

Atticus and Tom Robinson in court

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HOW TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD – by Maisie Adams

The novel in my opinion is a very good read so far. I believe that the book is getting better the further we get into it. The main characters are Scout, Jem, Atticus, Calpurnia, Dill and Boo Radley. Many other characters, of course have been added into the book we further we get along, and we get to see the very difficult life of a family living in 1930 America. Atticus mentions that it’s a sin to kill a mocking bird to Jem at one point “kill all the blue jays you wish, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mocking bird” this is a moral lesson displayed in the book. You see all the way through the book that the children look up to Atticus especially Jem in chapter 10 when a mad dog hits Maycomb and there not so feeble father has to use a gun to save everyone.

I am enjoying this book quite a lot, it makes me get in the frame of mind of being in 1930’s America, where there was a lot of racism going on then. It also makes you think how scary it must be for the rest of the family, especially with the great depression going on. So you get a feel of that. This is why I am enjoying this book, as Lee, puts it in such a way that would attract the attention of mostly anyone.

My favourite bit in the book so far is when Atticus shots the mad dog that’s walking up from Maycomb, this is because it links to so many other bits in the book like the gun relates to the hardness of boo Radley as what he’s made out to be, but really he’s as innocent as the mad dog, locked up inside he’s own body, going crazy. Just like the mad dog. This therefore makes it my favourite part as it allows your imagination to go wild.

A quotation that has stuck out to me in the book is “but I never figured out how Atticus realised I was listening, and it was not till many years later I realized he wanted me to hear every word he said” – this quotation stuck out a lot to me as it made me realise how grown up Atticus actually treats his kids. He treats them with “courteous detachments” which makes them grow up well and understand the things he wants them to understand and not to know yet about the things he doesn’t want them to know about.

Strangely I’ve enjoyed the homework tasks that have been set about TKAMB mainly because I’m enjoying this book and because I think that the homework is giving me a challenge and I like a challenge to complete. My favourite has been the diary entry as I got to express my feelings as Uncle Jack would of, and it’s a lot more fun being imaginative.

Im really looking forward to reading the rest of the book and finding out what happens with Tom Robinson’s trial case!

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MRS DUBOSE CHARACTER PROFILE – by Maisie Adams

Mrs Dubose is displayed as a mean lady who doesn’t like anyone and doesn’t really care what anyone thinks of her, she’s very ill and very old. We get a lot of description of her when Jem and Scout go to read to her. “her face was the colour of a dirty pillowcase, the corner of her mouth glistened with wet” “old age liver spots dotted her cheeks, and her pale eyes had black pinpoint pupils” page 118 chapter 11.

Mrs Dubose was displayed as the meanest lady that ever lived in Maycomb but at the end Atticus says “she was the bravest person I ever knew” page 124 chapter 11. Atticus says this because of how ill and old she was, she liked to moan but maybe this was her only communicating she had with someone all day, the book doesn’t display to us how she died, or even what her illness is. Scout and Jem don’t like her but Atticus seems to even though everything she’s said about him. “Atticus came in went to the bed and took Mrs Dubose’s hand” page 121 chapter 11. She apparently doesn’t like anyone and is displayed in chapter 11 as a racist character, she likes to moan to Scout about not wearing dresses like a girl her age should, and seems to hate the Finch’s. “not only a finch waiting on tables but one in the court house lawing for niggers!”.  She’s displayed as quite a scary woman, she’s displayed as someone the children are very scared of because of the way she shouts at them and the rumours they have been told about them. “we had long ago given up the idea of walking past her house on the opposite side of the street; that only made her raise her voice and let the whole neighbourhood in on it” page 110 chapter 11. This shows that she doesn’t give up on a lot of things, even if one of them things is shouting at the children who live up her road. “it was rumoured that she kept a CSA pistol” page 110 chapter 11. Even though this could be a rumour its displayed to show she cannot defend herself and needs a gun to look after her, it also shows that she may get a lot of trespassers this quote relates to Mr Radley with his gun and to show that they are both very hard mean characters that both have guns. Mrs Dubose also relates to Boo Radley in a way as the children think she’s very mean when really all she could really have wanted was company “and for a moment I felt sorry for her. She was lying under a pile of quilts and looked almost friendly” page 118 chapter 11.

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Book review on to kill a mockingbird – by Melanie Townsend

The book to kill a mockingbird is written by the author Harper Lee (birth name, Nelle Harper Lee).This book explores the themes of isolation, childhood, racial tension, injustice and family. It is set around 1930’s America and is narrated by a little girl called Jean-Louise Finch, or as she prefers to be called, Scout. Scouts household family includes her brother Jem (Jeremy) and her father, Atticus. They also have a cook whose name is Calpurnia and she is a black person, she links the themes of racism to Scout’s life through her ways, and is also a role model and mother figure to Jem and Scout.

The book is about Scout and her bumpy journey to maturity, because of the racism and discrimination faced by her and the people around her in the quiet racist community in which she lives.

In my opinion, this is a beautiful book which uses dramatic irony to create a well-structured novel which views racism, innocence and injustice through the eyes of the child, I find this novel similar to the book, Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry by Mildred Taylor, as they are set in the same era and both use effective dramatic irony, although the latter book is written through the eyes of a little black girl, both of which are novels written in bildungsroman, the theme of coming of age. I also liken it to the book, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, as it is written through the eyes of the more well off child, Scout is not black but her father is involved with the case of a black person, and Bruno from the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was not a Jew, but his father was a Nazi officer.

Some Quotations that have really stood out to me were, ‘I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.’ I love this Quotation as it really shows how intelligent and open minded Scout is for a girl of her age; it also uses hints of the authorial voice. I also like the quotation, ‘Nothing is more deadly than a deserted, waiting street.’ This is an excellent use of tension which really sets the scene.

I would like to read the rest of the novel because it is a fantastic book and I am only half way through and i want to see what happens to all the characters at the end.

 

11G1

Below is a selection of work from Mrs. Suttle’s 11G1 class

DystopiaDictionary Definition: a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.

Dystopia is the opposite of Utopia. Utopia is the idea that we have a perfect world. This is what the Puritans always tried to create by having a theocracy and strong religious church however things began to go wrong and so instead of creating a fantastic community it went wrong and they had the complete opposite. A dystopia is a genre of literature that explores social and political structures it is usually the creation of a nightmare world. Utopian is the creation of an ideal world, or utopia, as the setting of a Novel. Arthur Miller uses both a Utopia and Dystopia. I know this because in Act1 Miller portrays Salem to break “into this strict and sombre way of life”. To the Puritans this seems like a fantastic ideal world. However further on in the novel we find that things begin to go wrong and everything goes bad and so Miller creates a dystopian society. Miller uses the change in genres as a metaphor to warn and show us the changes in paths that humanity can take.

By Robyn Martin

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Emily Westwick

Dystopia means where life in a fiction or make belief, is full of terror or living in a terrible state. I believe that this is linked to the Crucible in many ways, because life in Salem grows from bad to worse and falls apart in so many ways. This could be a political allegory for McCarthyism in 1950’s America because their life is full of unease and weak vulnerability of the accusations of communism in the community. Miller tries to put the feeble and strong intensity of his life in America, into the Crucible through the characters and their awful fates. By viewing Salem as a dystopian fiction, allows Miller to warn us about what the society could become in 1950’s America, it is a foreshadowing of how America could crumble and brake apart just like the witch trials in Salem.

Review – I love reading, studying and interpreting the crucible at the moment. Some of my favourite parts of the book have happened towards the middle of the book, this is because it is full of climatical and tension building language of the witch accusations. Especially in Act three in the court room with Danforth, because it is really interesting learning how his behaviour and non-forgiving attitude towards the truth and justice, to this consequent effects on the people in Salem, but also in 1950’s America, because it is a direct political allegory to what Miller had to live in, in his day to day lives. I am looking forward to reading the last act, but  am realistic in the way that there is no happy ending like ion all fairy tales. This is because innocent people are being accused and threatened by young girls who are using this situation of witch trials to get what they want with selfish acts. For instance Abigail  ‘thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave’ after getting white goody Proctor hung. There is definite use of fear, hysteria, justice, sin, loyalty and mercy as themes in the play. This is shown through the important characters of Danforth and John Proctor. These characters to me are a symbolic representation of good against evil, because Proctor is behaving in such a way that he is like Jesus, by sacrificing his life for the better of others. Therefore making Danforth the devil or Lucifer due to his merciless, non-forgiving persona; this is like Miller is calling McCarthy himself a devil and that ‘God damns our kind especially, and we will burn’.

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Review

Currently we are studying the play “the crucible”. We believe that it’s a good insight into the late 17th century; it is also a political allegory that relates to the 1950’s McCarthyism. We rated the play a four out of a possible five stars as the tension building is intense and Miller wants us to continue watching with anticipation until the end! So far our favourite part is when Proctor’s wife, Elizabeth, lies about the affair he had with a supposed young, pure and innocent girl, Abigail. This was because we enjoyed the heart breaking love and loyalty that Elizabeth showed towards her husband, by defending him, and ruining her own life by being guilty of lying to the court. Meanwhile Proctor is trying to defend his wife by stating “that woman will never lie.” This shows the audience that Proctor still loves his wife and that maybe he regrets the affair that he had with Abigail.

From the onset we wanted to find out the end result of the witch trials, also the outcome of Proctor’s trial. We think that the town will over boil and leave everyone in the society distraught from the hysteria, accusations and created by the witch trials. Compassion and forgiveness is a strong theme portrayed throughout the play so far from the accusations to the disloyal betrayal between families and marriages. Although it’s Abigail that seems to instigate the whole accusatory atmosphere within the play, we believe that it’s Proctor that really holds the key to the story, as we can relate him to Arthur Miller in the 1950’s from the decisions that he is faced with. The 17th century communism and the 1950’s McCarthyism is also linked through the pure evil judges that are seen in both situations. Through writing this play Miller has expressed his feelings of hatred towards the judges that are ruling the court of McCarthyism, just like they did in the witch trials.

By Emma Barton and Lauren Goddard

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