Who is Cecil Jacobs in chapter nine?

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

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Cecil Jacobs is one of Scout's classmates in To Kill a Mockingbird. After Cecil announces that "Scout Finch's daddy defends niggers," Scout demands that he "take that back, boy." With fists clenched, she awaits his answer. Scout has been warned by Atticus that he would "wear me out if he ever heard of me fighting any more." But, according to Scout, "I soon forgot." He apparently became another male victim of her flying fists, just as Walter Cunningham Jr. had been (and cousin Francis would soon become). Cecil would later reappear in a surprising manner on the night of the fateful Halloween carnival.

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Cecil Jacobs is a classmate of Scout's, but he also represents the typical, middle-class, white child in Maycomb. He is taught white superiority in his home as demonstrated by the words he says to Scout about her father defending a black man in a criminal case. Cecil Jacobs must have picked up some conversation about Atticus in his house before knowing to tell Scout that her father defends "ni****s" (75). Scout doesn't even know what he's talking about and has to ask her father about it later. If Scout doesn't know what Cecil means by what he says, then it is highly likely that Cecil's second grade mind doesn't really know what he means either. This is only the beginning for Scout and Jem, though. Throughout the rest of their school year and into the summer, they put up with adults and children casting insults at them about their father. Atticus knows it isn't fair for his children to experience this because of the trial, but he asks Scout not to fight over the things she may hear after she tells him what she heard from Cecil. She does her best to obey.


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