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What quote in To Kill a Mockingbird reveals superstition (with page number)? 

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Posted November 4, 2013 at 9:04 PM via web

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What quote in To Kill a Mockingbird reveals superstition (with page number)? 

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

Posted November 4, 2013 at 9:31 PM (Answer #1)

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There are many superstitions surrounding the Radley family, and virtually all of them are based on Boo. If azaleas froze, it was because Boo breathed on them. You didn't eat from the Radley pecan tree because Boo had poisoned the nuts.

A Negro would not pass the Radley place at night, he would cut across to the sidewalk opposite and whistle as he walked.  (Chapter 1, page 9)

One of the items left by Boo in the secret knothole of the Radley oak was a pair of pennies. Upon closer inspection, Jem determined that they were old--from 1900 and 1906--and that they were

"... Indian-heads--well, they come from the Indians. They're real strong magic, they make you have good luck... things like long life 'n' good health, 'n' passin' six-weeks tests."  (Chapter 4, page 55)

I'm not sure where Jem got his information about the pennies' magical powers, but he probably picked up the information from other school kids. Historically, there is no magic or superstitions associated with the Indian-head penny.


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