Dialectical Journal Chapters on Harper Lee´s To Kill a Mockingbird

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Dialectical Journal Chapters 1-3 Vocabulary 1. Chattels- A personal possession or slave. 2. Taciturn- Silent in expression and manner. 3. Predilection- A tendency to think favorably of something in particular. (Preference) 4. Domiciled- To establish in a place of residence. (To reside.) 5. Flivver- An old, inexpensive automobile. Vocabulary 1. Human chattels could not be more wrong no matter what time you lived in. 2. Whenever someone referred to the taciturn boy, we all knew who they were talking about. 3. My teacher gave a test a week; a predilection that most of the class disliked. 4. All twelve people in the Green family domiciled in one house. 5. Mr. Cooney’s old flivver was barely able to start up every morning when he went to work. Interpreting/Making a Prediction “Our first raid came to pass only because Dill bet Jem The Gray Ghost against two Tom Swifts that Jem wouldn’t get any farther than the Radley gate. In all his life, Jem had never declined a dare.” (Lee 16) Interpreting/Making a Prediction The fact that Jem had never declined a dare shows me how strong he is mentally. Even though strength is usually a good thing to have, I can predict that in the future it will end up getting Jem into trouble. I think this because knowing what even in that instance the dare is pretty crazy; I also know that Jem will do it, and that the dares will continue to pile up. Once someone expresses their bravery in what they can do, others usually challenge them to test how great their bravery or strength is; not stopping until the person won’t go any further. I can predict that Jem will continue to accept these dares, and that he won’t stop until he gets in trouble or gets hurt. Interpreting/Asking a Question 1. “’Mis... ... middle of paper ... ... Tate wanted to protect him. In this situation, there is no possible way that justice would be served. If Boo had been sent to court, he would be guilty exclusively because of rumors and the situation, even though he was just protecting the kids. And if he would not be sent to court, it is still not the truth. But in this situation, injustice is clearly okay. Mr. Ewell got what he deserved, and almost everyone walked away unharmed, including Boo. Of course what Mr. Tate claimed that happened wasn’t completely true, it was still the necessary action needed to be taken in order to keep the whole situation fair. Atticus would definitely not like this if he knew so being that he is always one for fairness, but had come to accept this fact through Mr. Tate’s persuasion. Overall, this is the only situation throughout the whole novel in which injustice is truly justice.

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