What Jem and Scout learn in the first 8 chapters

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Livy Lister
What do Scout and Jem learn in the first eight chapters of to kill a
In the first 8 chapters of to Kill a Mockingbird Scout and Jem learn a lot. Their
education at school and home is a key theme of the book.
In chapter two Scout learns that school is different from what she expected it to be. She
thought that school was fun and that you learned lots of games and made many friends. After
she speaks out to defend Walter Cunningham, Scout learns that there is a skill in being tactful
and that she can not say what she wants to or she will get into trouble for being direct. Scout
learns that she should not be able to read and write. Scout had thought that she was born
knowing how to read as she does not remember being taught but Miss Fisher tells her that her
father must have taught her as she was not `born reading The Mobile Register'. After Scout
embarrasses Walter when she asks him why he was pouring syrup all over his roast meal,
Calpernia teaches Scout that she has to treat her guests with respect and ignore any different
habits they have. Scout learns that she can not stereo type her guests because after she says `he
ain't company, Cal, he's just a Cunningham' Calpernia tells her that it `don't matter who they
are, anybody sets foot in this house's yo' comp'ny'. Scout also learns about the position of the
Ewells in Maycomb. The normal rules of behaviour are relaxed for the Ewell family to protect
the Ewell children from the bad habits of their father. Scout learns that `Boo's' real name is
Arthur Radley and that he's still alive and living in Radley place with his parents. She also learns
that Arthur's father is a strict Baptist and believes that `anything that's pleasure is a sin'. Scout is
taught that she shouldn't believe everything that she is told about the Radley family as it is not all
true. Scout starts to see `Boo' as a kind man and not a monster after he puts a blanket over her
shoulders when she gets cold at the fire.
Jem learns that someone, who he believes is `Boo', mended his trousers and left them
over the fence after he escaped, after trying to spy on the Radley's. He learns that someone is
leaving Scout and him presents and he suspects that it is `Boo'. Jem learns that Nathan Radley
wants to prevent the growing friendship between `Boo' and him and Scout.
Atticus tries to teach Scout and Jem tolerance and that they should try to see things
from the other person's point of view. Atticus tells Scout and Jem that they need to respect
Arthur Radley and stop trying to make him come out. Scout finds a hiding place in a tree and
with Jem's help find that someone is leaving them presents. The children learn that Mrs Radley
had died. The children learn that they can't make snowmen which are caricatures of other
people. The children find out that `Boo' put a blanket over Scout's shoulders when she got cold
whilst she was standing outside because of the fire at Miss Maudie's house.
Both Scout and Jem learn a lot in the first eight chapters of the book. We have more
evidence for Scout learning more as she is the narrator and so we see everything from her point
of view and so she may not understand all of the lessons that Jem has learned in the first eight


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