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raeblur | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 21, 2011 at 6:48 AM via web

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What to put in a memory box for Scout Finch and why?

what do i put in a memory box for scout finch.. that has a meaning to her in the book to kill a mockingbird.

 

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

Posted September 21, 2011 at 8:01 AM (Answer #2)

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No memory box would be complete without Scout's overalls, one of the enduring symbols of the novel. Certainly the various items given by Boo in the secret knothole would be good additions, as would Dill's love letters to Scout. If the box was big enough, Scout's chicken-wire ham costume should be included along with her baton with which Jem destroyed Mrs. Dubose's camellias.

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volleyball96 | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted September 21, 2011 at 9:25 AM (Answer #3)

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Here is what someone put on Yahoo answers:

2 "pieces of chewing gum" (Scout removed the wrapper from the gun when she removed it from the tree, Wrigley's Double Mint)

2 "scrubbed and polished pennies, one on top of the other" (confirmed to be a 1906 and 1900, both Indian-heads by Jem)

1 "ball of gray twine"

2 "almost perfect miniatures of two children" (Scout and Jem)

1 "whole package of chewing gum"

1 "tarnished medal" (confirmed to be a Spelling Bee medal from before the Finch children were born)

1 "pocket patch that wouldn't run, on a chain with an aluminum knife"

After finding the final gift--the pocket watch and knife--Scout and Jem figured that they would write a letter to whoever was leaving them the treasures, presumed to live in the Radley house.

Source(s):

To Kill A Mockingbird
Chapter 4 and Chapter 7 You could also put something like a picture of a Mockingbird.
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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM (Answer #4)

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It would be cool to have some things from her encounters with other characters. After all, the story is meant to encourage relationships. From her dad, she might have a newspaper or the book The Gray Ghost. From Jem and Dill, some lemon drops from their efforts to drag Boo out or the note that they put at the end of the fishing pole. Maybe from Miss Maudie, she would have a little cupcake. From Cal, I could see a page ripped out of the bible she had to copy.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted September 22, 2011 at 12:29 AM (Answer #5)

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You might start with some of the treasures she finds in the tree from Boo Radley.  I would also include her overalls and maybe some significant items from other characters.  For instance, Dill's playing cards might be a good thing to include.  You could also include a newspaper to represent the time Scout spent reading with Atticus each night.  Perhaps, a paper and pen to represent the writing she did with Calpurnia.  You could also include a bird feather as nod to the title and the many meanings behind it.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 23, 2011 at 9:21 AM (Answer #6)

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In addition to those already mentioned, perhaps a dried camellia from the bushes of Mrs. Dubose could also be added and, perhaps, a napkin from one of the times that Miss Maudie made special desserts for Jem and Scout.  And what about an old pair of Atticus's glasses?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 23, 2011 at 10:29 AM (Answer #7)

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This question comes up from time to time. I would consider the chewing gum they found in the tree, and whatever other treasures she is able to get from her share. Jem is probably old enough to not care much about those things any more by the end of the novel.
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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 11, 2011 at 8:44 AM (Answer #8)

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All of the above things are actual items mentioned in the novel and are great.  If you could add other items that would be around at the time, I would suggest a newspaper article describing the trial of Tom Robinson.

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aldh2 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM (Answer #9)

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No memory box would be complete without Scout's overalls, one of the enduring symbols of the novel. Certainly the various items given by Boo in the secret knothole would be good additions, as would Dill's love letters to Scout. If the box was big enough, Scout's chicken-wire ham costume should be included along with her baton with which Jem destroyed Mrs. Dubose's camellias.

whats the significance behind the ham suit?

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