Symbolism In To Kill A Mockingbird Essay
In a small town in Alabama named Maycomb, on November 25th, 1935 arrived a new teacher at Scout and Jem’s school. Miss Caroline Fisher is not like the rest of the teachers. She is so different that she hits Scout’s palm with a ruler as a punishment!
Miss Caroline Fisher is a twenty one year old teacher who had bright auburn hair, and pink cheeks, and wore crimson nail polish. She also wore high heeled pumps and a red and white striped dress. She looked and smelled like a peppermint drop. She moved to Maycomb from Winston County, which was a rich town in Northern Alabama. She went to college where she learnt a different way of teaching.
Miss Caroline turned out to be Scout’s new first grade teacher. But things did not turn out right between them! Scout read with her father, Atticus everyday which is why compared to her classmates (who most of them have failed the first grade) she is an excellent reader. Unfortunately, that annoyed Miss Caroline very much that she told Scout to tell her father not to teach her anymore or it would interfere with her reading. Jem comforts Scount by telling her that Miss Caroline just has a different way of teaching, she learned about it in college. “I’m just trying to tell you the new way they’re teachin’ the first grade, stubborn. Its the Dewey Decimal System.” The Dewey Decimal System was actually a system used to organize books in libraries, invented in 1876. Jem has no idea what he’s talking about, he most likely heard adults use it and is using it to sound smart in front of Scout.
Scout was bored in class so she began to write a letter to Dill but was caught by Miss Caroline. Miss Caroline told her to tell Atticus to stop teaching her and that they don’t write in the first grade, they print. They don’t start writing until they’re in the third grade.
After getting in trouble with Miss Caroline twice on that same day, that wasn’t quite it. Miss Caroline noticed that Walter Cunningham didn’t have a lunch, so she decided to take out a quarter from her purse and lend it to him. She told him to go eat down town and that he can pay her back the next day. Walter refused. Scout decided to jump in and tell Miss Caroline. “He didn’t forget his lunch. He didn’t have any. He had none today, nor would he have any tomorrow or the next day. He had probably never seen three quarters together at the same time in his life.” Scout tried to convince Miss Caroline that the Cunninghams never took anything they can’t return.
Miss Caroline is just not used to the way things are in Maycomb, and they way teachers are supposed to act. She comes from a very different, rich town and has learned to teach in a different style.
Miss Caroline was so fed up with Scout being too smart for her age, that she grabbed her by her collar, and hauled her back to her desk. “Jean Louis, I’ve had about enough of you this morning.” She said. “You’re starting off on the wrong foot in every way, my dear. Hold out your hand.” Scout thought that she was going to spit in it, which was the only reason anyone in Maycomb ever held out their hand. But instead, Miss Caroline picked up her ruler, and gave her half a dozen quick little pats, then told her to stand in the corner. A storm of laughter broke in the classroom, it occurred to the class that Miss Caroline has whipped Scout. They were laughing so loud that they got a complaint from a different class. “Miss Caroline watched the class file out for lunch. As I was the last to leave, I saw her sink down into her chair and bury her head in her arms. Had her conduct been more friendly toward me, I would have felt sorry for her. She was a pretty little thing.”