Dialectical Journal, Chapters 4-6 Chapter 4From To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee”As for me, I knew nothing except what I gathered from Time magazine and reading everything I could lay hands on at home, but as I inched sluggishly along the treadmill of the Maycomb County school system, I could not help receiving the impression that I was being cheated out of something” (pg 43-44).The choice of words used to describe the school system as “being cheated out of something,” is important in showing one of the many ways the Great Depression affected the lives of many. During the 1930’s schools began to decline. Many schools had cuts in their programs, teachers salaries, and in the amount of students that would apply to school. This is evident in Scouts school. This detail is important because it demonstrates how during this time of poverty even children are affected. These things create a sort of domino effect because the children are brought up with little to no really helpful education in which they pass on what they know to future generations. It’s sad how Scout, one of many, feels like she is not able to push herself to the capacity she feels challenging and that could help her be more successful in life. Chapter 5From To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee”That is a sad house. I remember Arthur Radley when he was a boy. He always spoke nicely to me, no matter what folks said he did. Spoke as nicely as he knew how”( pg 61).Arthur “Boo” Radley has been given a boogie man character archetype. The children and adults have many made up stories that make him seem as someone to be afraid of. He has fallen victim to isolation. In reality no one knows what goes on in his house but with Scout learning about him is important for her. Her ignorance gained from these stories allows for her to realize he is a real person and not this monster. With her knowing his name is in a way humanizing him. This experience is important for her to not be prejudice against what she does not know and opens her eyes on how to treat him in the future.Chapter 6From To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee”Mr. Radley shot at a negro in his collard patch… Shot in the air, scared him pale, though. Says if anybody sees a white nigger around, that’s the one. Says he’s got the other barrel waitin’ for the next sound he hears in that patch, an’ next time he won’t aim high, be it dog, nigger…” (pg 72).In this scene we can see racism becoming a problem. Mr.Radley claims to have shot at a African- American but he never truly saw the person who was in his backyard. This incident of racism is in a way foreshadowing the racism that will proceed within the town. In the south during the thirties it shed light on the years and continuing inequality. With racism being a big part in southern states African-americans were always treated harshly through segregation and the Jim Crow laws. This detail demonstrates a small part in the harsh reality. I can predict that racism will play a major part in future interactions or problems.

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