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hassan1 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 9, 2008 at 6:40 AM via web

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How do the events of the final chapter of "To Kill a Mockingbird" explain the first sentence in the whole novel?

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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jessecreations | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted December 9, 2008 at 7:21 AM (Answer #1)

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In the first sentence, Scout says that Jem had his arm broken when he was 13.  She doesn't really mention the rest of it until the end of the book, and the encounter between the Finch children and Bob Ewell.  Once the novel concludes, we understand that Jem broke his arm in the scuffle with Ewell, as he tried to protect Scout from Ewell and escape Ewell's attack.

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted December 31, 2014 at 8:45 PM (Answer #2)

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The first sentence mentions Jem's broken arm, and that arm was broken because of the events that unfolded and how they got away from Bob Ewell. Bob Ewell was the cause of the shift of the town and the children as a whole and throughout the story she recounts the experiences and what mark it left on her. 

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