Why is Boo fascinating to the children in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Why is Boo fascinating to the children in To Kill a Mockingbird?

  • SCIENCE

How does the power you generate, walking up the stairs, compare to a horse? How about when…

A horse generates more power than a human going up stairs at the same speed as the human because the horse has more mass. Going faster increases power, but the human would have to go up the stairs…

2 educator answers

  • THE ROCKING-HORSE WINNER

In “The Rocking Horse Winner,” what connection do Paul and the author have?

D.H. Lawrence uses many themes in this story, one being the relationship between a mother and her son. Lawrence’s interest in writing about a mother-son relationship comes from his own personal…

1 educator answer

  • THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND

What shocking thing does Kit do in The Witch of Blackbird Pond? Why does she do it?

Kit does several shocking things throughout the novel. One particularly shocking event happens at the beginning of the story. Kit is on a small boat riding back from Saybrook to the ship. A…

1 educator answer

  • THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN

What does Junior see the word ‘faggot’ as?

In 2014, this young adult novel topped the list for the most banned and challenged books in the United States. Despite the book’s reputation for offensive language, frank discussions of sexuality,…

1 educator answer

  • FAHRENHEIT 451

How can I write a three-sentence summary of Fahrenheit 451?

This is a very difficult book to summarize in only three sentences. These are long winded sentences and massively simplify the events in the text. This is just an example, but I would be very hard…

1 educator answer

  • OF MICE AND MEN

Steinbeck uses animal imagery to describe Lennie, the larger man. Cite two examples of this type…

Steinbeck uses simile, metaphor and other imagery to describe the setting and characters in Of Mice and Men. In the first few pages of the book, Steinbeck describes George and Lennie. Steinbeck…

2 educator answers

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

What are two ways that Ancient Egyptians used lapis lazuli?

Here are a few ways the Ancient Egyptians used lapis-lazuli. 1) Lapis lazuli was used in funeral masks such as the famous King Tut’s mask (Tutankhamen). 2) It was a particularly favored gem for…

1 educator answer

  • THE TEMPEST

Prospero is often viewed as similar in nature to a playwright in The Tempest. Can you give three…

There are several ways in which the character of Prospero in The Tempest by William Shakespeare functions in a manner analogous to the playwright himself. First, Prospero at some points functions…

1 educator answer

  • LYDDIE

Why do you think the bear doesn’t attack until Lyddie is up the ladder?

Although having a bear in their cabin was a terrifying experience for the Worthen family, the bear did not attack them. There are two reasons why the bear did not come after the people and everyone…

1 educator answer

  • THE GIVER

How would you describe Jonas in the book/movie The Giver?

Jonas’s character does not change substantially from the book to the film, so the description of him in both remains the same. We know that the Elders in his community see him as intelligent,…

1 educator answer

  • GUIDE TO LITERARY TERMS

What is the long retelling of a story called? (Not a summary—something with more detail.)

There are two definitions that answer your question. The term abridgment refers to a book or other piece that has been condensed to a shorter form. The main ideas of the story are contained in an…

1 educator answer

  • FAHRENHEIT 451

What do people talk about in the future dystopian society, and how is this different from our own…

During a conversation with Montag, Clarisse laments the way people don’t talk about “anything.” In the dystopian future society, Clarisse tells Montag that people only talk about cars, clothes,…

1 educator answer

  • LAW AND POLITICS

Media has a bias toward A. liberal politicians.B. conservative politicians.C. incumbents,…

The answer to this will be different based on who you ask. Conservatives believe strongly that the media is biased against conservatives. Liberals often believe (though not as much as…

1 educator answer

  • MACBETH

Characterize the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Whose ambition is the driving…

Both of their ambitions are driving the play forward for sure. Macbeth begins considering the throne moments after he hears the witches’ prediction. If Macbeth wasn’t ambitious for more power and…

1 educator answer

  • LAW AND POLITICS

The corporate nature of the American media has causedA. most newspapers to increase coverage of…

The best answer, of the options available, is to say that the corporate nature of today’s media tends to make newspapers become remarkably similar. This is because the corporate nature of the…

1 educator answer

  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, what passages from the trial show unfairness?

In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus’s closing speech to the jury is full of passages that speak of the unfairness of the trial.To begin with, Atticus points out that the case should…

1 educator answer

  • MACBETH

In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, would you consider Macduff a hero or a coward for his actions…

There are very pertinent reasons why some would consider Macduff both a coward and a hero. To understand this perception, one needs to look at the circumstances in which he did what he did. The…

1 educator answer

  • ANTIGONE

Give a summary of lines 1-6 of the Prologue to Antigone.

In the Prologue to Antigone, the first six lines are Antigone’s statement to her sister Ismene: “Ismene, dear sister, / You would think that we had already suffered enough / For the curse on…

1 educator answer

  • BUSINESS

Your house is worth 500k. Every year, there is a 0.02% chance that a fire will occur and cause a…

The insurance premium will be equal to the expected loss, plus the profit margin for the insurance company.The expected loss is the probability of the loss times the magnitude of the loss, added up…

1 educator answer

  • THE NECKLACE

Using evidence from the story, prove this statement: The theme of “The Necklace” concerns the…

The theme of “The Necklace” most definitely concerns the danger of attaching too much importance to material things. The way in which this premise is evidenced in the story is by showing how the…

1 educator answer

  • INTO THE WILD

In the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, how effective is his organization?

I am going to assume that you mean Jon Krakauer’s narration of the novel. I think his narrative organization is functionally effective. While the story does seem to narrate in a haphazard…

1 educator answer

  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In To Kill a Mockingbird, how has Mayella Ewell lost her innocence?

Mayella Ewell probably lost her innocence at a very young age by having an abusive father like Bob Ewell. Mayella was only 19 in the novel, but had led a very hard life. She was the sole…

1 educator answer

  • A WORN PATH

In “A Worn Path,” why is it significant that the grandson cannot speak?

The grandson does not appear in the story. The fact that he has no voice illustrates his helplessness. “Having no voice” has a lot of implications and interpretations, some of which may be quite…

1 educator answer

  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

How did Scout and Jem learn about the sin of killing a mockingbird and how did their lesson…

Uncle Jack bought Scout and Jem air rifles. In this context, Atticus gave them a stern warning. He stated that they could shoot at all the bluejays they wanted, but they should never shoot a…

1 educator answer

  • THE LIFE YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN

In the short story, “The Life You Save May Be Your Own,” what do you think is the significance of…

In most literature, storms and bad weather usually symbolise either some malevolent act or event or act as harbingers of doom. A storm provides the reader with a sense of foreboding. In this story,…

1 educator answer

  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Although Uncle Jack, himself, is a racist, why does he stand up for Atticus when Scout recounts…

This question is a bit hard to answer directly, as it requires making logical inferences through an understanding of the text as well as the context. The scene in question comes in chapter 9, when…

1 educator answer

  • MANIAC MAGEE

Describe Piper and Russell. How are they related to McNab?

Maniac Magee met Russell and Piper while he was camping out in a historical recreation log cabin at the Valley Forge open air museum. First, he overheard their voices bickering in the night. The…

1 educator answer

  • THE CATCHER IN THE RYE

What does Bernice say that betrays how shallow she is?

Although Holden Caulfield is too young to be served drinks in the Lavender Room in Chapter 10 of The Catcher in the Rye, he is more sophisticated than the three girls from Seattle, Washington who…

1 educator answer

  • GO SET A WATCHMAN

In Go Set a Watchman, what is Jean Louise talking about when she says that her uncle Jack elects…

This occurs on p.201 in the middle of a long, and fairly convoluted conversation between Uncle Jack and Jean Louise. When she says “disappear into the mist” she means that he is choosing to be…

1 educator answer

  • THE CAY

What is Phillip’s personality like in Theodore Taylor’s The Cay? What are his ambitions? What is…

In Theodore Taylor’s The Cay, the first thing we learn about Phillip’s personality is that he is very stubborn and prone to put his own desires above anything else.We see his stubbornness the…

1 educator answer

  • MACBETH

What are some examples of Macbeth not having a conscience?

With very few exceptions, Macbeth does have a conscience, even to the very end. There are a couple of noteworthy exceptions, but for the most part, he keeps trying to override and ignore his…

1 educator answer

  • THE ODYSSEY

Could Penelope be related to the repeated line “rose fingered dawn” in the Odyssey?

Although there is one use of “rosy-fingered dawn” that relates directly to Odysseus and Penelope, which I will discuss briefly below, it is unlikely that the phrase “rose-fingered dawn” (and all…

1 educator answer

  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What is Miss Maudie like in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Miss Maudie is the Finches’ kind neighbor who enjoys gardening and speaking to Jem and Scout. Out of all the adults in Maycomb, the Finch children enjoy Maudie’s company the most and Scout…

1 educator answer

  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What are some things Atticus says in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, that represent acceptance?…

You basically ask three questions – how does Atticus show acceptance, where does Atticus show understanding that he will lose the case, and where he believes in equal rights. First, Atticus’s…

1 educator answer

  • A WORN PATH

In what way does the title “A Worn Path” clearly represent the focus of the story?

The title of Eudora Welty’s short story “A Worn Path” is a metaphor for Granny’s stage in life and her mission for the day. Granny’s life is a worn path from her time as a slave to the…

1 educator answer

  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What word does Scout hear when Miss Maudie sees their snowman?

When Scout first awakens and she sees her first snow, she thinks the world is ending. But after a brief discussion with Atticus, Scout discovers that it is snow! Jem and Scout had never made a…

2 educator answers

  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, what are three acts of bravery, performed by three different…

In Chapter 1, Dill dares Jem to run into the Radley yard and knock on the Radley’s door. The children are terrified of Boo Radley, and Jem is hesitant to accept the dare. Jem tells Dill, “Don’t…

1 educator answer

  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, what is the date that Miss Maudie’s house burned down?

While we are never told the exact date Miss Maudie’s house burned down in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, we can deduce an approximate date based on other information in the book.One thing we…

1 educator answer

  • SCIENCE

Did erosion or deposition form the Okeechobee lake?

Neither one, evidently. Okeechobee Lake in the southernmost part of Floridas peninsula was formed many years ago when ocean waters receded from that part of Florida. It was a shallow area in the…

1 educator answer

  • THE GIVER

Why did Jonas’s family receive a girl in The Giver?

Because Jonas’s family already had one male, they were due to receive a female next. We learn in Ch. 2 that new children do not simply arrive at random times, either. Everything is very carefully…

1 educator answer

  • THE UNKNOWN CITIZEN

W.H. Auden’s poem “The Unknown Citizen” presents many facts about this individual. Briefly, what…

W.H. Auden gives us many basic facts about “The Unknown Citizen.” We know, for instance that no complaints had ever been filed about him, indicating that he did not do anything to hurt anyone else…

1 educator answer

  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Why is Boo fascinating to the children in To Kill a Mockingbird?

At first, Boo Radley is fascinating to Scout, Jem, and Dill because he is mysterious. They know very few hard facts about him. They have heard from neighbors, such as Miss Stephanie Crawford, that…

2 educator answers

  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What passages in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird show life lessons about friendship and…

In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the children’s relationship with Arthur (Boo) Radley best represents lessons about friendship.Arthur Radley is significantly stigmatized by Maycomb’s society…

1 educator answer

  • SCIENCE

Recent new articles indicate that because of the current high price of oil, future availability…

There are several aspects of the global oil crisis. One aspect is the price of oil. High prices force companies and governments to look for other alternatives, such as solar energy and wind power….

1 educator answer

  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Please provide some quotes from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird that show life lessons about…

Since To Kill a Mockingbird is a literary bildungsroman, lessons about life are required in order for the protagonist to pass the rite of passage from innocence to experience and knowledge. Scout…

1 educator answer

  • DEAR MR. HENSHAW

Why does Leigh’s mom refer to them as “lonely hearts” in Beverly Cleary’s Dear Mr. Henshaw?

In Beverly Cleary’s Dear Mr. Henshaw, Katy, the woman Leigh’s mother works for, invites Leigh and his mother over for Christmas dinner, along with some other women they work with. After the dinner,…

1 educator answer

  • LYDDIE

Why had Charles sneaked their cow down the mountain to the Stevens’ place?

Lyddie and Charles run the farm in their father’s absence. Their mother’s mental health is precarious, and she is not much help around the farm. Lyddie and Charlie take it upon themselves to breed…

1 educator answer

  • THE MONKEY’S PAW

How did Sergeant-Major Morris acquire the monkey’s paw?

Sergeant-Major Morris does not say exactly how he got the paw, although he says he got it from the first owner. “The first man had his three wishes. Yes,” was the reply; “I don’t know what the…

1 educator answer

  • 1984

How can I write a thesis statement on the role of Big Brother within 1984? What effect does he…

To write a clear thesis statement about Big Brother, you need to understand the role Big Brother plays in the novel. George Orwell’s 1984 never answers the question of whether or not Big Brother is…

1 educator answer

  • CONTENTS OF THE DEAD MAN’S POCKET

What major events make up the story’s beginning, conflict, climax, and resolution?

Great question! There are multiple answers to this question, so I’ll elaborate on the main events in my view. The story begins with our protagonist, Tom Benecke, regretfully choosing to stay home…

1 educator answer


Comments are closed.