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Things are not always what they seem. Look at characters, situations, and concepts of...

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peoplereally | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 9, 2010 at 1:27 AM via web

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Things are not always what they seem. Look at characters, situations, and concepts of good and bad to show that this is true and find three examples

For each that is, three for characters, three for situations and three for concepts of good and bad.

Ex for characters---> Boo Radley appears to dine on raw squirls and be "evil" but in the end of the book it is revealed that he is acutally brave and ultimately saves the children

Mrs Dubouse-> Appears to be an evil lady to the children when she says " Don't you say hey to me you ugly girl" however in the end it is evident that she is battling a morphine addiction

The one I'm having most trouble with is the concepts of good and bad
basically I'm saying find examples that appearences can be decieving from each of these catagories
thank you so much for your help!


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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 9, 2010 at 1:34 AM (Answer #1)

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That is tough -- the good vs. bad part -- because good and bad are generally only shown through characters.  So I think you are going to have to use characters who do things that you might think are good but are really bad (or vice versa).

One example might be with Mrs. Dubose.  You would think that pain is always bad, right?  But she chooses pain over morphine at the end of her life and Atticus praises her for it.  Pain seems bad, but it is actually good because when she is in pain, at least she is also in control of her life (as much as she can be).

Maybe Linc Deas?  You would think that pretending to be a drunk would be a bad thing.  But you could argue it's good because it allows him to act the way he wants to without getting in so much trouble.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 9, 2010 at 11:22 AM (Answer #2)

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An example would be Dolphus Raymond. Rumor has it that he drinks whiskey all day long and staggers drunk in the streets. In truth, it is only Coca-Cola and his whole drunken persona is only an act. It is believed that he is morally bankrupt or possibly insane for living with the Negroes of Maycomb, but in truth he does it because he prefers their company over white people.

Another example would be Miss Gates. As a teacher she should set an example for her children. She sympathizes with Hitler's mistreatment of the Jews in Europe, but in truth, she harbors racist views toward the Negroes of Maycomb.

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