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In "To Kill a Mockingbird" what does Mr. Avery say caused the unusual weather?

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bigboy09 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 21, 2009 at 11:44 AM via web

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In "To Kill a Mockingbird" what does Mr. Avery say caused the unusual weather?

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 21, 2009 at 11:43 AM (Answer #1)

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At the very beginning of chapter eight, it states that according to Mr. Avery, unusual weather was caused

"when children disobeyed their parents, smoked cigarettes and made war on each other."

Now, Jem and Scout, being young, were a bit freaked out by this statement; they had, after all, disobeyed quite a bit and actually outright lied when it came to some of their Boo Radley adventures.  So, when cold weather came to Maycomb that year, for the first time in a long time, Scout says that "Jem and I were burdened with the guilt of contributing" to that rather unusual cold snap, because they had believed Mr. Avery's rather punitive statement about the weather.  I hope that helps a bit; good luck!

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