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Posted September 26, 2012 at 1:25 AM via web

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What is a quote from chapter 8 of To Kill a Mockingbird that contains significant meaning? 

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 26, 2012 at 2:57 AM (Answer #1)

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I looked down and found myself clutching a brown woolen blanket I was wearing around my shoulders, squaw-fashion.

Scout narrates this line after Atticus asked why she was wearing a blanket that the Finch family certainly did not own. This line of questioning from Atticus aligned with much of the trouble the children recently experienced because they were repeated missing things or taking things from strange places and Atticus had been taking note. Since the children stood in front of the Radley's place, everyone jumps to the conclusion that Boo put it around her, but she was too distracted to notice. 

This is significant because although the children fear Boo, this situation demonstrates the paradoxical thought that Boo actually protects them. Furthermore, their perception of Boo is that he never emerges, even when they try to get him out. Here he comes out because of necessity and of his own choice. Ironically, that whom the children wanted to see was within a hand's reach, had they only known he was there. 

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