These chapters may be considered the calm before the storm. The trial is on the horizon and the children are becoming more aware of the turmoil in the community, and in particular, around their father.
- Read Chapters 14 and 15.
- Why is the mob scene such a crucial moment in To Kill A Mockingbird?
- What does Atticus teach us about moral strength and remaining grounded in your character, no matter what?
- What does Scout show us about the positive impact an innocent child can have in a dangerous situation?
- What does it mean to be an individual in society? Does society force its citizens to take unpopular, but moral, stances in order to promote change?
- What does it mean to "come of age"?
With your partner, discuss what you believe are the examples which show Jem's coming of age. You will need to refer back to the last section as well. Create a t-chart in which you identify examples of Jem's coming of age and compare these against your own.
In chapter 15 of To Kill a Mockingbird, what does the mob scene tell us about the nature of humans and how they behave? This event leads to a new understanding for Jem. Write a diary entry that Jem would have written later that night. It should reflect the various insights Jem now has into his father, individuality, motivations of the mob and himself.