Scout and Jem’s life in Maycomb is a lot like my life in Sheboygan Falls. My brother and I would always play outside with the neighbor kids just like Scout and Jem. Like Jem, my brother used to think he knew everything, and I was too stupid to understand anything. Since Maycomb and Sheboygan Falls are both small towns, practically everyone knows everyone else. If something happens in Falls and it was brought to court, everyone would probably go watch the trial, just like in the book. Other than this book reminding me of my life, it also reminds me of the book Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. This book has some of the same problems as To Kill a Mockingbird; racism, coming of age, innocence.
In our literary circle we discussed how Atticus cleverly asked Mayella questions about her, showing the jury how the Ewell children were being raised. I started to wonder if the trial in the book was like trials in real life, and figured that it was close to what really happens. We also discussed how Dill started crying because of how Mr. Gilmer was talking to Tom Robinson. It was interesting how a child knew that it was wrong to treat African-Americans that way, but the adults in this book didn’t understand it. This shows us that as humans, we know by instinct that some of the things we do are wrong, but as we get older we ignore our instincts and follow what the rest of society is doing.
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