Need help with some homework.Write out, as a script for a play, the conversation in which Mr. Nathan Radley tells his neighbors about his shooting at the intruder in his garden. Decide who says...

Need help with some homework.

Write out, as a script for a play, the conversation in which Mr. Nathan Radley tells his neighbors about his shooting at the intruder in his garden. Decide who says what, and try to give them speeches which are in character. Miss Stephanie Crawford, Miss Maudie Atkinson and Atticus should speak some lines. You may wish to include lines for Miss Rachel and Mr. Avery.

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well, first of all, I do not think you are going to get an editor on eNotes to write out this script for you.  While we are more than willing to help you with your homework - none of us are going to actually do it for you.  That said, I think you can actually have a lot of fun with this assignment.  It is creative writing where you get to create the dialogue for characters who, in the book, received very little close up attention in what was a pretty humorous scene.

The first thing I'd do if I were you is re-read this scene in chapter 6.  If you have the mass market paperback version, start at about page 53.

The key to this assignment is realizing that Nathan Radley believes he's shooting at an intruder - but of course the reader (and the Finch children) know it was only Jem.  The humor could be played up by his embellishing what he supposedly saw.  (The neighbors believe it was, according to Miss Stephanie Crawford, a "white nigger.")

The characters listed above is a list of everyone who was out of their house that night.  Realize too, that it is particularly humorous that some are dressed down in their night-clothes - as it is quite late.  Both Atticus and Miss Maudie are probably a little bit more keen that something is amiss with the children, while Miss Rachel and Miss Stephanie would be more excited about a gossip-driven, embellished tale to spread.  Mr. Radley, likely would be fairly straightforward and actually, keep his answers short and to the point.  Based on what we know about him (which isn't much), he's a stern man who would not be interested in the entire neighborhood poking in his business - so friendliness would be far from his tone.

I really think if you just sit down and try to imagine it - you could do something really wonderful and completely original.  Remember again, that because it is creative writing, you are not bound to correctness.  Your teacher will probably be looking for knowledge of a few facts and then, your own personal embellishment on the details that are left out.

missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In addition to the well-crafted answer above, I would encourage you to think about stage directions. Often, screen-writers include directions in italicized parenthetical statements before a character speaks what their face looks like, or the tone of voice that they are using.

I hear sarcasm in Mr. Nathan Radley because I think he knows it was Jem Finch (or he might never have suggested it), great concern in Miss Rachel, and the typical matter-of-fact attitude from Atticus and Maudie.

I think Avery's recent addition in humor to the book would present and interesting option if he maybe had some inner thoughts about what kids might actually see while they are indeed outside at night. He might be wondering what else they have seen and done. Think about what he did in the first page of chapter 6.

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