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In To Kill a Mockingbird, what did Scout and Jem find in the Radleys' tree?

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Posted May 30, 2013 at 5:33 AM via web

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, what did Scout and Jem find in the Radleys' tree?

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amarang9 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 30, 2013 at 2:38 PM (Answer #1)

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Scout is the first to find something in the knot-hole in the oak tree on the Radleys' property. She finds two sticks of Wrigley's Double-Mint gum. Scout was hesitant to eat it because she found it on the Radley's property but eventually she does. When Jem finds out, he tells her to spit it out because of the fear and mystery surrounding Boo and the Radley family. 

Jem and Scout also find a wedding ring box containing two Indian-head pennies. In a later chapter (7), they find a ball of gray twine and two figures carved out of soap: 

They were almost perfect miniatures of two children. The boy had on shorts, and a shock of soapy hair fell to his eyebrows. I looked  up at Jem. A point of straight brown hair kicked downwards from his part. I had never noticed it before. Jem looked from the girl-doll to  me. The girl-doll wore bangs. So did I. 

The dolls were supposed to look like Jem and Scout. They also find a pack of gum and an old spelling medal, a pocket watch, a chain, and a knife. Shortly after this, Jem and Scout decided to write a letter to thank whoever had been putting prizes in the tree. Then they discover that the knot-hole had been sealed with cement by Nathan Radley. Supposing that Boo Radley had been putting the prizes in the tree, Nathan's cement symbolizes another way Boo has been repressed from one of the few ways he knows how to communicate. 


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