What is the myth that begins chapter 8?

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Chapter 8 begins with the myth that the changing of the seasons is caused by children who mess around and cause trouble.  "When children disobeyed their parents, smoked cigarettes and made war on each other" seasons would change, according to Mr. Avery.  This shows that even the adults have their own superstitions.

Near the end of the chapter, Scout is told by Atticus and Jem that Boo had placed a blanket around her shoulders when she was shivering outside watching the men get Maudie's stuff out of her house.  The children have had this superstition about Boo all along.  However, Jem realizes that Boo is a good person.  He just doesn't live like everyone else.  So his superstitions have altered or he's outgrown that one in particular.  Scout, however, still gets upset by the thought of Boo.  When Jem creeps towards her with the blanket, her "stomach turned to water and [she] nearly threw up." This chapter is about the superstitions of both young and old.

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Chapter 8 begins with the myth that the changing of the seasons is caused by children who mess around and cause trouble.  "When children disobeyed their parents, smoked cigarettes and made war on each other" seasons would change, according to Mr. Avery.  This shows that even the adults have their own superstitions.

Near the end of the chapter, Scout is told by Atticus and Jem that Boo had placed a blanket around her shoulders when she was shivering outside watching the men get Maudie's stuff out of her house.  The children have had this superstition about Boo all along.  However, Jem realizes that Boo is a good person.  He just doesn't live like everyone else.  So his superstitions have altered or he's outgrown that one in particular.  Scout, however, still gets upset by the thought of Boo.  When Jem creeps towards her with the blanket, her "stomach turned to water and [she] nearly threw up." This chapter is about the superstitions of both young and old.

 

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