They sneak under a wire fence and go through a gate. All the other children in the class understand this: growing up in this setting teaches children that people can behave a certain way simply because of the family or group that they come from. Despite having lost her house, Miss Maudie is cheerful the next day. The children's attempts to connect with Boo evoke, again, the sense that children will be able to see Boo with more decency and sincerity than the rest of the populace. Jem is gone for a little while, but returns with the pants, trembling. Her teacher, Miss Caroline Fisher, is 21 years old and new to the Maycomb County schools.
Scout is wrapped in a blanket that she didn't have when she left the house. Uncle Jack Finch comes for Christmas as he does every year; Scout and her family spend Christmas at Finch's Landing with Aunt Alexandra and her family. Chapter 8: 1 Jem and Scout make a snowman of Mr. Later, they even find a ball of gray twine in the knothole of the oak tree, and after waiting for three days to see whether somebody else takes it, they finally pocket it. She is very nice and friendly to Scout and Jem. Instead, she plays with the boys and speaks her mind. The school system, as represented by Miss Caroline, is well-intentioned, but also somewhat powerless to make a dent in patterns of behavior which are deeply ingrained in the town's social fabric.
Atticus strongly believes that Tom Robinson is innocence; however, he knows Tom's chances of winning are low since he is facing an all-white jury. Scout and Jem shivered together on the sidewalk in front of the Radley place, and when they went back home, Atticus noticed a around Scout's shoulders. Avery tells Scout and Jem that the weather changes in response to children misbehaving. The journey of this one individual against the mores of the entire group, though performed here in fear and on a dare, symbolically speaks toward events that will follow when Atticus defends Tom Robinson in court and Scout breaks up the threatening mob of townspeople. Jem has to run into the yard and retrieve the tire. The very religious Radley family stays indoors all day and rarely participates in community affairs, except during emergencies.
This narrative device allows the reader to understand more about some of the events that Scout recounts than the young narrator is completely aware of. With several buckets of dirt, Jem forms the torso and head of a mudman. Jem is overtaken with all that has happened and tells Atticus all that has happened with the Radleys. Her plans of setting up a new house, large enough to room her azaleas, portrays her as a practical and a worldly woman. At the window, Scout and Jem hoist Dill up to peek in the window. He is scholarly and wears glasses, where most fathers in their community hunt and fish.
So, he only uses his shooting ability when he must in order to protect those in his family. Dill is a crucial character in the story because he is both an insider and an outsider. The book opens by mentioning how at age twelve, Jem broke his arm. Refusing to permit his son to be deemed insane or charged with criminal behavior, Mr. Scout tells Miss Caroline that Walter is a Cunningham, and thinks that explanation should be enough.
Jem realizes that Boo Radley put it on her, and he reveals the whole story of the knothole, the presents, and the mended pants to Atticus. But as for Walter, he attends school in a clean shirt and tries to be polite. Atticus tells Scout that he has been asked to be Tom Robinson's lawyer, a black man who has been accused of raping a white woman. Atticus orders the children to stay near the Radley house while the fire is being put out. Their sister Alexandra remained at Finch's Landing.
There is even light snowfall, an event rare enough for school to be closed. Scout is frightened on seeing the snow. Scout depicts her world as a place of absolutes. Novels that deal with the formation of a maturing character are called bildungsroman or coming-of-age stories. Atticus notices that Jem's pants are missing, and Dill tells him Jem lost his pants in a game of strip poker. Scout wants to brag to everyone about this, but Jem tells her to keep quiet because Atticus probably wouldn't want this.
Analysis Lee introduces a great deal of symbolism in Chapters 8 and 9. Scout mentally recollects how Mr. Scout explains she doesn't remember learning how to read, but it seems she always knew how. Finch's religion made him a persecuted man in England, but rather than shun persecution in all its forms, as soon as he came to America he bought slaves in order to make himself rich. Radley expires, but this causes no ripples. In Chapter 4, Scout describes the passing of the rest of the school year. Further, they decide that whatever they will find in the knothole would be their property.
Chapter 4 School continues; the year goes by. Miss Maudie is the most unbiased and supportive of these three women, though Calpurnia becomes much more sympathetic as time goes by. This suggests that schools can only provide limited change in children's moral sensibility, or no change at all - families and communities are the true sculptors of children's sense of what is right and good, and what is not. Scout is almost six, and Jem is almost ten. Since there is not enough snow to make a real snowman, they build a small figure out of dirt and cover it with snow. As Jem is raising his head to look in, the shadow of a man appears and crosses over him.