If one were to create a title that would reflect both Chapters 13 and 14 of To Kill a Mockingbird, what might it be? If one were to create a title that would reflect both Chapters 13 and 14 of...
If one were to create a title that would reflect both Chapters 13 and 14 of To Kill a Mockingbird, what might it be?
This is a thought-provoking and creative assignment; the talent needed to write a good title or headline is often overlooked. Chapter 13 primarily deals with the unexpected arrival of Aunt Alexandra, while Chapter 14's highlight is the surprise visit of Dill, who is found under Scout's bed after running away from home. Dill's appearance is a happy one for Scout, who has been fighting with Jem. Unlike Dill, however, Aunt Alexandra does not bring joy into the household, only strife. She also gives Scout a history about the more illustrious members of the Finch family as well as commenting on Maycomb's better citizens, referring to them as "Fine Folks." So, I would probably entitle this combination of two chapters "Fine Folks and Runaways."
Ooooo! I've got one! How about "Surprise!!!" as a creative title? Considering there are multiple surprises in these two chapters, I find it quite fitting. For example, here are a few surprises off-the-cuff:
- Scout's aunt arrives.
- Scout's aunt unexpectedly multiplies dismay.
- Scout learns about rape.
- Dill slithers out from under Scout's bed.
- Dill's appearance takes Scout's mind off sibling rivalry.
- Dill ends up in bed with Scout.
- Scout learns more about her community (from Aunt Alexandra) than she probably wanted to know.
If I understand your question, you are looking for one title for both chapters. What about "Clash of Wills." There is no doubt that Aunt Alexandria and Calpurnia have different opinions, and Alexandra works vigorously to oust Calpurnia from the family. Alexandria and Atticus are at odds because she wants to get rid of Calpurnia and he won't. In addition, Scout and Jem get into a very real conflict because Scout doesn't want Jem to boss her around. Dill shows up out of nowhere because his needs and that of his mother and new stepfather are at odds.
My title for these two chapters would be "What Really Matters... and What Doesn't."
In Chapter 13, we find out about what doesn't matter. This is because the kids are learning that, no matter what Aunt Alexandra thinks, their family's status is not that important. In Ch. 14, we find out what does. This is particularly true because of the uproar over Atticus defending Tom Robinson.