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When Scout is on Boo's porch, what does she recall from To Kill a Mockingbird?

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emcgrath33 | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 5, 2011 at 6:57 AM via web

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When Scout is on Boo's porch, what does she recall from To Kill a Mockingbird?

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

Posted April 5, 2011 at 7:16 AM (Answer #1)

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Scout looks back on the eventful two years that encompasses To Kill a Mockingbird--two years in which she has grown up considerably and learned many things about herself and the little world around her. From Boo's porch, she sees her neighborhood in a different light--both literally and metaphorically. She returns to her younger days, when the neighborhood is a happy and uncomplicated place, where she--now, standing in Boo's skin and seeing through Boo's eyes--pictures Atticus returning from work and she and Jem running to meet him. She pictures Jem and Dill playing their fantasy games about Boo. She sees herself and Jem playing (and fighting) in front of Mrs. Dubose's house. She sees herself stopping at the oak tree which once housed the secret knothole. She sees Miss Maudie's house afire, and a mad dog shot in the street. Now, they are Boo's children that she sees, and Boo's neighbors. At last, she understand's Atticus's message that one needs to step into another person's shoes to see things from their perspective. 

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