So, we’ve been doing these blog things since September (wow, has it only been that long?), and I’ve created a lot of posts. I noticed that my independent reading posts are far better then my lacking cyber journals. If you look at my other cyber journals, you can already see that the introduction to this one is longer, and more explanatory. So what I’m going to try and do is add some more view into the journals, and make them seem more insightful.
On to the question of the day: my best piece of writing. In my mind there is only one logical answer for this piece, and that would be my about me page. It has nothing to do with telling the reader who I am, or what I enjoy, but my view and thoughts on the near future. It’s a little complicated to explain, so just read it for yourself. The reason this is better then the rest is because I don’t have to retell view in a book, but more about how I see things. I mean, if we ever get a chance to do a page or post like that because that was by far the funnest (most fun?) to write. I thought that the rest of the blog posts were going to be like this, only to be disappointed by the fact of doing on books. In the years before this, reports about books have always been a drag, and I thought this was going to be too, but it’s a little simpler (more simple?). I think that this has been dragging on too long and I’m starting to repeat myself so I’m going to just end it.
I am Bob Ewell, a respectable memba of this community. Now, you may know that that boy Robinson done raped my daughter, and that Atticus Finch is gonna be defendin’ him in court. Now, I do know that the court appoints lawyers to the charged, but it would seem that Atticus is actually defending Robinson. I have no personal agenda with Atticus, but if he goes and tries to make Robinson out as innocent, there’ll be trouble.
Everyone in this here community is him anyway. I done heard a few nights ago about a lynch mob going down to the jail to get Robinson. I don’t know what happened, but we all know it weren’t real successful, but I also heard that non other then Atticus Finch was there covering Robinson hide.
Mr. Underwood, I know that you dislike these darkies as much as anyone else in this town. I know that the good people of Maycomb don’t want a felon running round with the rest of the fine folk.
Even though Mayella Ewell lies on the witness stand, she is still a sympathetic character, because throughout her testimony, you hear bits and pieces of her home life, her social life, and her relationship with her father. Some of the first questions Atticus asks her on the stand are about her life at home. He asks how many siblings she has, and she says seven. She says “It was hardly ever cold enough to wear shoes, but when it was, you could make dandy ones out of strips of old tires”. This means that they don’t even have enough money to afford shoes. “The welfare check was hardly enough to feed the family, and there was strong suspicions that papa drank it up anyway”. Need I say more? There are strong signs of neglect of the part of Mr. Ewell, but there are also signs of abuse, physical, mental, and sexual. On the part of physical, you can tell just by her injuries. She was beaten on her right side, which implies that she was hit by a left handed person. Toms hand is a crippled mess, BUT!!!! Guess what dominant hand Mr. Ewell (do I need to show him the respect of calling him mister? I think I should call him Robert or Bob…) is? Mr. Ew… I mean “Bob” is left handed, so it could mean that he could’ve beaten her. Plus since he is a heavy drinker, he could be a violent drunk. Next is Sexual. When Tom is on the stand, he says that Mayella came onto him. He said that she said “I’ve never kissed a grown man before. What my papa do to me don’t count.”ß Let me get this out of the way…EWWW!! Anyway, just that phrase, that maybe slipped out in heat of the moment, but that phrase could be a sign of some kind of sexual abuse. Finally, we have mental. She could become mentally abused due to the other 2 types, she is also abused because of this: it doesn’t seem that Mayella is doing this all her own, that she wants to be in court and put Tom, a more then likely innocent man, in jail. She is more like a puppet, and Bob Ewell is pulling the strings. She is lying in fear of her father, of being beaten or molested or other horrible, gross things. If it was any other kid, it would mess them up bad.
So we had to go to another pep rally today. I don’t see why though, basically everyone at this high school has lost any school spirit due to the mascot changes. I mean, no matter what the school board choices, there something wrong with it. They’re so worried about being politically correct, that they forget that no one really cares, because our teams don’t win anything…
Though this pep rally was different, some girl like fell down the stairs. Kind of an ugly chick, Trent and I started laughing. I felt kinda bad after, but I didn’t tell Trent or Ben. I’m not sure why I didn’t tell them I felt bad; I don’t even know why I felt bad in the first place.
HOORAY! We have another new mascot again!! I’ve lost count of how many new mascots we’ve gotten this year. I liked it when we were the Trojans, but of course this school supports abstinence. You know, I thought that school and church were suppose to be different, but whenever we have are yearly sex ed class, it seems like I’m in church and the pastor is preaching about how “you will burn in the fiery depth of Hell if ye do it before marriage”. I was laughing when I wrote that.
In this class, I haven’t had much frustration, but some assignments I feel are thrust upon us and we aren’t given much time to do them in class. The way I overcome this frustration is by vitalizing the very little class time we do have to get it done. I think we should get more class time, because some people can’t work on it at home, for reasons like they can’t get the information from one computer to another one at their house, or maybe they don’t have internet and can’t do the blog post( None of these apply to me personally, but I think this may apply to some kids)