Dialectical Journal – To Kill a Mockingbird


1 “I was forced to one day in school” (Lee 243).
2 “He sat with his head down, and I never saw anybody glare at someone with the hatred Mayella showed when she left the stand and walked by Atticus’s table” (Lee 188).
3 “When Calpurnia stayed overnight with us she slept on a folding cot in the kitchen; that morning it was covered with our Sunday habiliments” (Lee 117).
4 “This was a group of white-shirted, khaki-trousered suspendered old men who have spent their lives during nothing and passed their twilight days doing some on pine benches under live oaks on the square”
(Lee 163).
5 “Mr. Gilmer smiled grimly at the jury. ‘You’re a mighty good fellow it seems – did all this for not one penny?’ ‘Yes, suh’” (Lee 197).
6 “I willed myself to stay awake, but the rain was so soft and the room was so deep and his knee was so snug that I slept” (Lee 280).
7 “‘Maudie, I’m sure I don’t know what you mean,’ said Mrs. Merriweather” (Lee 233).

1 I used to pretend to be sick all the time and get away with it. My parents eventually caught on and made me go to school even when I really was sick. I’m sure not doing that anymore.
2 You do not want to anger my sister Chelsea. She gets mad easily and will not let it slide (un-less you give her money). Don’t doubt me, she will get her revenge.
3 When I was little, my older brother and I were babysat by our mom’s close friend. We kids slept on the bed while he slept on the couch in the living room. The next morning he woke us, feed us, and we did our chores.
4 Golf is sometimes incredibly boring. Everyone is wearing ugly clothes and talk about the weirdest things. Old people freak me out with their crazy adventure stories.
5 My dad does lots of favors for people and asking nothing in return except respect. He is always fixing something around the house or for my grandmother. He is a nice person…most of the time.
6 It is hard...