Which two characters are best suited to write letters, and what could be inclueded in the letter in relation to them and whats going on around them?I am required to right a letter from one...

Which two characters are best suited to write letters, and what could be inclueded in the letter in relation to them and whats going on around them?

I am required to right a letter from one character to another and I cant decide who to write about and what I could include. The letter is required to be at least 600 words.

Anything would be a great help. Thanks :)

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ajmchugh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This seems like a very interesting assignment!  Here are some suggestions:

Write a letter from the Scout to Boo Radley.  You might make a guess regarding the contents of the note the children try to deliver to Boo, via fishing pole, in Chapter 5.  Or, you could write a note from Scout to Boo thanking him for saving her life. 

You could also write a letter or apology from Mayella to Tom Robinson or his family.  In it, you could describe Mayella's motives for lying to the judge and jury about the "rape," and, if you think Mayella feels remorse, you could convey that in the letter.

Or you could write a note from Aunt Alexandra to Atticus (assuming she moves back home to the Landing after the end of the novel) explaining that though she didn't initially agree with Atticus's decision to defend Tom Robinson, she is proud of him for doing so.

You could also consider writing a letter from the Robinson family to Atticus, thanking him for defending Tom. 

Because the novel has so many different characters and situations, the possibilities for writing are numerous.  Just be sure to reference specific events from the text to make your letter seem genuine.  Good luck!

clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

600 words is about 3 well written paragraphs - not too bad.

It might be fun to write letters between Scout and Dill.  This would also be easy - as the book is already told from Scout's perspective, and Dill goes home at the end of every summer.  Scout could keep him up to date on what is going on while he's gone and he could respond with more of his crazy stories (lies mostly) of his life.

If you wanted to take a less obvious and less conventional approach, maybe Tom Robinson and his wife are corresponding with each other while Tom is in jail.  These letters would be full of fear and apprehension.

Atticus and Aunt Alexandra might correspond - maybe Atticus asks his sister for advice on how to raise girls - or maybe she gives it without being asked.

Jem and Boo Radley could write letters back and forth too - once Jem finds his new sense of maturity (in Part 2).

I think many of these ideas are going to require knowledge of the characters and making creative inferences, but I say have fun with it.  Clearly your teacher is looking for creativity, and not just plot summary.

missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree that Dill and Scout is a very natural choice. Dill is probably not as smart as Scout and you can show that in the voices of the two authors. Scout will likely use a written vocabulary that throws a word or two in she learned from reading the newspaper, or the hymnal... a word like... redemption. Dill likely wouldn't understand it.

Dill's letters would probably include some creative stretchers. Think of some of his big ones already.

Scout with her sense of justice would call him on any lies she thought she saw and exclamation pointedly lecture him in her next letter.

If your teacher is going to give you creative liberty, maybe use misspellings in Dill's text.

Good Luck!

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What about having Scout write to her father after she has moved or gone away to school?  She could relate various decision-making experiences that she has had that have been resolved by her recalling some of the lessons she has learned during the three years covered by Harper Lee's novel.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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