In Chapter 26 of To Kill a Mockingbird, where do the children get their information about current events?

Expert Answers
Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The children are supposed to relate "Current Events" from items they have clipped from newspapers, but as Scout recalls, "it didn't work very well" because the country (rural) children had limited access to newspapers.  The few items the country children brought to class were from a substandard paper called "The Grit Paper" whch Miss Gates frowned upon for its inarticulate language. But as Scout discovers, the crudeness of the rhetoric still could convey truth.  As the farm boy Cecil repots, "Adolf Hitler has been after the Jews and he's puttin' 'em in prison and he's taking away all their property and he won't let any of 'em out of the country and he's washin' all the feeble-minded and --".

Cecil's assessment is right, but Miss Gates makes him feel small by turning his understanding into something that takes away from the sense of the people to an abstract concept like "democracy" making the children recite dull definitions. 

Lee's message seems to be "trust your instincts" and "believe in your fellow man."  Education is a laudable goal, but real emotion carries the day. 

Read the study guide:
To Kill a Mockingbird

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question