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In "To Kill a Mockingbird" who does Scout recognize in the mob at the jail?

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disr | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 5, 2009 at 10:43 AM via web

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In "To Kill a Mockingbird" who does Scout recognize in the mob at the jail?

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

Posted February 5, 2009 at 11:13 AM (Answer #1)

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As the mob gathers at the jail, Scout is surprised to discover that she knows some of these men.  She recognizes Mr. Cunningham, the father of little Walter Cunningham, who she had over to her house for lunch one day.  So, being innocent, and recognizing a face in a crowd, she starts talking to him.  "Hey, Mr. Cunningham.  How's your entailment gettin' along?"  She is making small talk with an angry mob that had come to take Tom Robinson from the jail and do who-knows-what to him.  This throws the entire feeling of the mob off; Mr. Cunningham is embarrassed.  He is transformed from a faceless mobster who will set aside any morals or principles to act with the crowd on his fears, to a real human being that a small girl knows and is concerned about.  This humanizing of the mob immediately has an impact, and the end result is that the mob disperses, with no harm done.  Scout, through her child-like innocence and polite concern, saves the moment.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | TA | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted January 31, 2015 at 12:31 AM (Answer #3)

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She recognizes Mr. Cunningham who is Walter Cunnigham's father. When she realizes this she calls out to him and singles him our from the crowd. This makes him realize that he can't simply be bound by the racist society, but that he is an individual who cares and once he realizes the mistake he is making he feels ashamed and disperses the crowd. 

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wwjd | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted February 28, 2009 at 8:13 AM (Answer #2)

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Scout recognizes Mr. Cunningham, Walter Cunningham's father.

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