Jem refuses, and one of the men tells Atticus that he has fifteen seconds to get his children to leave. When the children return home, they find Aunt Alexandra waiting for them. When, exactly, are the young Finches and their beloved childhood friend reuniting for this exorcism? That night, Jem tells Scout not to antagonize Alexandra. Justice itself has become a thing of memory, its paint peeling. Instead of underplaying the neo-Nazi diatribes with seething resentment, Weller is inclined or directed to go full-on cartoon redneck, overdoing a character that certainly needs no overdoing. Cal reluctantly tells her that Bob Ewell has accused him of raping Ewell's daughter. Scout gets angry at being lectured and attacks Jem.
One woman, Lula, criticizes Calpurnia for bringing white children to church, but the congregation is generally friendly, and Reverend Sykes welcomes them, saying that everyone knows their father. That must be why she doesn't talk like the other African-Americans he knows. Scout and Sorkin and Sher are demanding we reconsider that fiction itself. Atticus sends them both to bed. As his trial is nearing, Tom Robinson is to be moved to the Maycomb jail, and concerns about the possibility of a lynch mob have arisen. A few moments of over-stomping aside, the approach works so well that the alternative — child actors — seems a very bad one indeed. Scout can be a petulant child; Keenan-Bolger simply plays petulance.
Later, she tries to convince Atticus to get rid of Calpurnia, saying that they no longer need her. The children — played, with no excuses offered or needed, by adults — appear in what seems to be an empty, dilapidated building, maybe an old courthouse fallen into neglect. . He demands no less of his characters, keeping us in good company from start to finish. He makes a valiant attempt but succeeds only in making Scout cry. Scout steps on something while climbing into bed, and, with Jem, discovers Dill hiding under her bed.
Dill has run away from home because his mother and new father did not pay enough attention to him. She orders Atticus to lecture them on the subject of their ancestry. And here we have the first inkling of what Sorkin is up to. Her character serves as the bridge between two worlds, and the reader develops a sense of her double life, which is split between the Finch household and the black community. Aunt Alexandra tells Scout she cannot go back the next Sunday.
There, one of the missionary ladies, Mrs. From a distance, they see Atticus sitting in front of the Maycomb jail, reading a newspaper. That night, Jem tells Scout not to antagonize Aunt Alexandra, but Scout objects to him telling her what to do. Later, Jem tells Scout that Alexandra and Atticus have been arguing about the trial; she nearly accused him of bringing disgrace on the family. However, Alexandra didn't understand or agree with the values by which Atticus was raising his children. Simply because of their racial prejudice, the townspeople are prepared to accept the word of the cruel, ignorant Bob Ewell over that of a decent black man. This speech demonstrates the gulf between blacks and whites in Maycomb: not only do class distinctions and bigotry divide the two races, but language does as well.
Resisters do so at their own expense. Therefore, she did not understand the children's behavior. At that moment, four cars drive into Maycomb and park near the jail. To make matters worse, the state legislature, of which Atticus is a member, is called into session, forcing Atticus to travel to the state capital every day for two weeks. She says that it makes more sense to fit in.
She joined some clubs and entertained at her home, and she generally did fit right into the town's society. In the previous section, we saw the twelve-year-old Jem indignantly urging Scout to act more like a girl, indicating his growing awareness of adult social roles and expectations. Alexandra knew all the proper social things to say and do, and she knew a great deal of the history of the local families. He took a train from Meridian to Maycomb Junction, fourteen miles away, and covered the remaining distance on foot and on the back of a cotton wagon. Could a man really fall on his own knife? Though Dill wants to keep his presence secret, Jem tells Atticus. Robinson, of course, is the man who stands falsely accused of raping Mayella Ewell Erin Wilhelmi. Jem considers his father nothing less than a weakling for attempting to understand — or make excuses for — the foul, threatening displays of Bob Ewell, the man who beat and raped his daughter and steered the blame to Tom Robinson.
Cunningham, the father of her classmate Walter Cunningham. What really happened that night Bob Ewell died, wonders Scout Celia Keenan-Bolger , the most inquisitive and persistent of the three? Atticus refuses, and Scout suddenly comes racing out of her hiding place next door, only to realize that this group of men differs from the group that came to their house the previous night. However, Jem and Scout lack the pride that Aunt Alexandra considers commensurate with being a Finch. By the time Atticus comes to question his own moral code, and Sorkin has us contemplating the limits of tolerance and the boundaries of forgiveness, this Mockingbird has already landed its punches. A group of men gets out, and one demands that Atticus move away from the jailhouse door.
Only rarely and briefly does one or the other slip into something perhaps a bit too child-like, mostly keeping to some middle ground of adult memory. Cal and Atticus, says Scout, are like sister and brother. Atticus breaks up the fight and sends them to bed. Even in the book though not the film , cranky old Mrs. Jem suggests that they not disturb Atticus and return home. Jem goes down the hall and tells Atticus. He sends a letter saying that he has a new father presumably, his mother has remarried and will stay with his family in Meridian.
How long has Scout been pondering that grim evening, when she and her brother were viciously attacked, when their attacker died, when one neighborhood mystery emerged from the shadows and another took its place among the secrets? All but the jury box will be filled with people — we never see the men who will decide the fate of Tom Robinson Gbenga Akinnagbe. In addition, Lee introduces the black community at a crucial moment in the narrative—just as race relations in Maycomb are thrown into crisis by the trial of Tom Robinson. She says that Tom's family is being shunned because of his alleged crime. Because their value systems were different, they were more often than not at odds. Jem and Dill follow her, and Atticus orders Jem to go home. She calls Jem in and they discover Dill hiding there. The set-up is a Sorkin masterstroke, perfectly executed by director Bartlett Sher, a dreamy gambit that justifies every liberty this simultaneously revisionist and faithful Mockingbird will take over the next two hours-plus.