Thursday, 12 March 2015

Plausible reasons for Scout to convince Atticus for not going to school is because she was forbidden from reading with Atticus at home as Miss Caroline was afraid that Atticus would impede in Scout's learning and ability to read. Scout could have said that she could also learn from home while receiving education from Atticus and Jem. This reason is plausible as Jem and Atticus were both learned individuals who had the ability to teach Scout, hence even if Scout does not attend school, it is still possible for her to receive education from home if Jem and her father impart their knowledge to Scout. 

Another reason would be that Scout was punished by Ms Caroline even though she was just trying to teach her teacher a few of Maycomb's ways, as Ms Caroline misunderstood that Scout was trying to shame the other residents of Maycomb. It is possible that Scout could have felt humiliation and wronged from being punished in front of the whole class, and thus refuse to go to school to reduce the possibility of being humiliated in public again. 
Yes, Boo Radley should be sent to the institution with the other boys as he was caught messing around with the wrong group of people during his teenage years. Going to the institution would teach him a lesson not to hang around with bad company like the Cunninghams. I feel that going to the industrial institutions is not an disgrace to the Radley's, as feared by Old Mr Radley. Going to the industrial school simply means that Boo Radley can learn more there and learn to mend his ways in the school, atoning for the fact that he was in a gang together with the Cunninghams in his teenage years. The  industrial school isn't a prison of any sort for unlawful people, hence Old Mr Radley shouldn't view the industrial school as a place that brings disgrace to the family if Boo Radley goes there. Compared to being locked up at home for many years, it would definitely be better for Boo Radley to go to the industrial institution rather than being cooped up at home. 
The initial impression that Scout had on Ms Caroline was that she was a stubborn and dictative teacher. However, Scout's impression of Ms Caroline changed to thinking that she was pitiful as a foreigner to Maycomb. Initially, Ms Caroline was a stubborn teacher, who insisted that "every child must start reading with a fresh mind". Hence she often told Scout to convey her message to Atticus, who was educated at home, to tell him to stop teaching her how to read, for fear that it impedes in Scout's learning of reading and writing. Scout shows her disapproval towards Ms Caroline's will, however Ms Caroline still insists that things be done the way she likes. This caused Scout to feel hatred for Ms Caroline. However, following this incident was the case when Ms Caroline offered Walter Cunningham lunch money. Due to the fact that she was an outsider and did not know the practices of Maycomb, she once again insisted that Walter accepted the money. It was a principle among Cunninghams that they would not take something that they could not return, hence Walter did not want to accept the money as he knew that he could never return the money back. Ms Caroline had unintentionally shamed Walter, and Scout felt sorry for her afterwards as she saw Ns Caroline burying her head to cry on the desk, changing her perspective from a stubborn person to a pitiful one.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Is miss Caroline a villain or victim

Sorry I posted this in the different group

In my opinion Miss Caroline is a villain. According to the text. Miss Caroline as a teacher told Scout to tell her father to stop teaching her and first grade don't write, they won't learn to write until they are in the third grade. This is an act to discourage the student from learning on their own. This proved how inflexible she is as she doesn't alow any learning outside school or any advance learning. This also shows that she is a villain as a teacher shouldn't discourage student and should encourage Scout to write.

Calyn Seah (2)

Is Miss Caroline a victim or a villain? 

Personally, I feel that Miss Caroline is a victim. Firstly, Miss Caroline is from North Alabama and she's doesn't knows the ways of Maycomb, being considered as an "outsider". Thus when Walter did not bring his lunch. Miss Caroline thought he forgot his lunch and offered him a quarter, unaware and ignorant of the fact that Cunninghams never took anything they could never pay back. As a teacher, she was merely concerned of the welfare of the students yet her good will was wrongly perceived by. She said" What, Jean Louise?" and 'I beg your pardon, Jean Louise?". This shows that she does not understand what Scout meant when she said Walter was a Cunningham. Thus, her lashing out at Scout was unintentional and it was not her fault as he did not know the ways of Maycomb and doesn't know she is embarrassing Walter.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Chew Jing Heng(25)


Is Miss Caroline a victim, or a villain?


I strongly believe that Miss Caroline is a victim because she came from North Alabama to Maycomb to teach and therefore, had a different way of teaching. 
    "North Alabama was full of Liquor Interests, Big Mules, steel companies, Republicans, professors" whereas "Maycomb was just a tired old town" with "nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County". 
    I can tell that there is a huge difference between the two different places, and therefore, highly likely a different system for education. Miss Caroline was merely bringing the system of education she learned in North Alabama to Maycomb.  She wanted Scout to follow her teaching as she believes that standardised teaching will make Scout learn in a much better and correct, instead of a wrong way. Her good intentions, however, was not recognised by Scout. Moreover, as an outsider, Miss Caroline did not expect that her "different set of punishment" for Scout would make the class laugh. This, in turn, landed herself into trouble when a senior teacher scolded her for not keeping the class quiet. Miss Caroline even cried when the class went for a break.
    Through this, I can conclude that it Miss Caroline was a victim. Her good intentions of wanting her students to learn in a correct way by using a different way of teaching only harmed her own self. 


Friday, 13 February 2015

Yeoh Zi jun(36) 2H

  I feel that Miss Caroline is a victim as is she was new to Maycomb and had not taught any students before in Maycomb. She did not know of it's ways and the practices that the people performed.
She did not know that the Cunninghams never took things they could not return. Hence,upon knowing that Walter Cunningham did not have any lunch to eat,she gave him money out of good will.  In the end, Walter Cunningham rejected it. Everyone assumed that she knew that the Cunninghams were poor and did not take things that they could not return. Scout,feeling that Miss Caroline should have known of it,discreetly said that she shaming Walter Cunningham.,which was very rude of Scout and insulting to Miss Caroline. Miss caroline also did not know by sticking one's hand was normally to seal an oral contract. She asked Scout to stick out her hand and gave her a dozen little pats which cause the class to break loose in laughter. The class was very noisy and so Miss Caroline got scolded by the sixth grade teacher. Hence I feel that she was a victim and not a villian

Jeremy Tay 35

  Miss Caroline is a villian as she had hated Scout for being literate. It is states that as Scout read thr alphabets, a faint line appeared and after she had discovered that Scout of literate, she looked at her with more than faint distaste. She even told Scout to tell Atticus to stop teaching her in the wrong way. This shows that Miss Caroline had hated Scout for being literate and i think that she shouldn't hate Scout for such unreasonable reasons such as for being literate. Being literate for Scout's age was and advantage so it is not right to hate her for such an unreasonable reason. Thus, Miss Caroline is a villian

Goh Ming Yee (7)

Is Miss Caroline a villain or victim?

I feel that Miss Caroline is a villain as she went to scold Scout for being able to read and write. When Scout tried to explain that she did not learn from anyone how to read and write, she just assumed that she was dreaming or lying or her father was teaching her in the wrong way. She wanted all the students to go at herpaceher way of teaching. When Burris had cooties in his hair, all miss Caroline was disgusted and only told to go wash his hair. She did not ask him about his hygiene habits, she did show much care for him. Therefore I conclude that Miss Caroline is a victim.

Ding Hong Yi (5)

Is Miss Caroline a victim or a villain?

I think that she is a victim.
She comes from Northern Alabama, which means that she is an outsider, so she doesn't understand the culture of the people in Maycomb. For example, she is clueless about the different status of the people in the Cunninghams and therefore the whole incident about Scout and Walter. She does not know that the Cunningham family is extremely poor, so when she wanted to give him money, Scout commented that she was shaming him. I think that after the first quarrel between Miss Caroline and Scout made her agitated and so, Scout might think that Miss Caroline is very mean to her because she doesn't like her. She was really depressed after that because she buried her head in her arms after the lesson. She is also a very nice person and very timid. She is scared a tiny weenie cootie that was on Burris Ewell's head.
Miss Caroline is a really nice teacher, it's just so that she is very inflexible and an outsider, so it is not her fault that she wanted to be mean to anyone.

Jan Hoe 08

Is Miss Caroline a victim of a villain?
I think that Miss Caroline is a villain. When Miss caroline offered some money to Walter Cunninghams, he was hesitant to accept the money. When Scout explained to Miss Caroline twice that Walter is a Cunningham and a cunningham does not accept things they could not return, Miss Caroline got impatient and told Scout that she have irritated her the whole morning. She then patted scout's hand with a ruler a few times and punished her in front of the whole class. Although Scout was just trying to help Walter and her intentions were good, Miss Caroline was unreasonable and punished her even though she did not do anything wrong. Also, when Scout told Miss Caroline that she could read since she was born, Miss Caroline did not believe her and thought that she was just lying and that her father taught her how to read. Miss Caroline then told Scout to get her father to stop teaching her the 'wrong way'. Just because Miss Caroline wants a standardized education, she insisted that Scout's father should stop teaching her. Miss Caroline wants teach in her own way and thinks that she is right. To get her own way, she wants Scout to stop learning how to read and write which is actually not the wrong thing to do. This shows that Miss Caroline is illogical.
In conclusion, i think that Miss Caroline is unreasonable and therefore she is a villain.

Lee Shao Min 29

I feel that Miss Caroline is a victim because Scout started the arguement by offending her after she said "You're shamin' him,Miss Caroline."Scout's comment made her very unhappy and that was why Miss Caroline punished Scout, which is not unreasonable. If a student disrespects the teacher,the teacher will have the rights to punish the students. So, Miss Caroline had every right to punish Scout.That is why I do not feel Miss Caroline is a villain for punishing Scout but a victim of Scout's insult.

Koh Yi Ling (12)

I feel that Miss Caroline is a victim, showing her care for the students. She was checking the lunch of the students and made sure thatthe contents pleased her, showing her care for the students that they eat a proper meal. When she saw that Walter Cunningham did not bring his lunch, she offered to lend him money, not knowing that Cunninghams do not take anything they cannot afford to pay back as she was from North Alabama, from Winston country. After Walter Cunningham rejected her money twice, she got impatient. Her impatience shows that she did not want Walter to skip their meals and starve through out the next few classes, showing care and concern to her students. In Singapore, the schools do not check whether students had brought their lunch or bring money for their lunch, treating this as the responsibility of the students to make sure they eat their meals. Thus, Miss Caroline's care towards the students an be seen and she is a victom.

Yong Jing Jing (23)

Ms Caroline is a victim as she suffered from the judgement of others. Being an outsider in Maycomb, she was unaware of the history and background. As a teacher, she was merely doing her job and since  she is form the North, her belief was that learning is best through standardized education. T
When she offered the quarter to Walter Cunningham, her initial intentions were good, as she assumed that he did not bring his lunch and did not want him to skip lunch. It was a kind gesture, which unfortunately was perceived wrongly since she did not know that he could not accept it since he could not afford to pay her back, and when she heard Scout accusing her of shaming Walter Cunningham, Ms Caroline's anger could not be contained anymore when she heard such harsh words that seemed to make no sense to her since she did not understand the background information. Later on, after the bell rang for lunch, she is seen burying her head in her arms. She was having a rough day and felt upset and having came from the North, she did not understand situations so she cannot be blamed for the Walter Cunnigham incident, which her initial intention was to care for her students. 

Lim Xin Yi (15) 13-Feb-2015

  Is Miss Caroline a Victim or a Villain?

 
     Personally, I think that Miss Caroline is a villain. Miss Caroline had just moved from North Alabama to Maycomb County. She was expected to and supposed to adapt to the way of life, culture, practices and many other different aspects of lives of people here in Maycomb County. However, she was too stubborn to do so, resulting in her hurting the children. When Miss Caroline realised that Scott could read without her help nor the presence of the Dewey Decimal System,at such at young age, she was displeased with Scott. She believed very strongly that the Dewey Decimal System was the best way to teach students, and students should all learn at the same pace together,  just like what the new system suggested. She did not allow any advancements of her students, although the student may be more capable than the others. This would hinder Scott in maximising her full potential. Later on during class, she found out that Scott knew how to write too. She insisted that Scott stop writing, with the main reason that the Dewey Decimal System only introduces writing to students from Grade 3 and onwards. Due to Miss Caroline's inflexibility and narrow-mindedness, she wanted Scott to ask Attics to stop teaching her. Furthermore, Miss Caroline was offensive towards Atticus by commenting that he had taught Scott the wrong things, when Scott was even taught by Atticus. Apart from this, later in the morning, Burris Ewell was about to leave the classroom when called by Miss Caroline. Miss Caroline asked what was happening and one of her students explained that the Ewells were allowed to leave the school. as and when they liked. Although Miss Caroline was told and explained to clearly that the Ewells had special conditions, she still insisted that Burris sit down and continue to attend her lesson. It can be deduced that Miss Caroline was too stubborn to adapt to the ways some things work here in Maycomb county. She was too narrow-minded to be open to the new environment and society in Maycomb County.  Hence, she angered Burrows Ewell. As a result,  I think that Miss Caroline was a villain instead of a victim as she was offensive towards Atticus, inflexible and stubborn , though she could be quite vulnerable and pitiful at times due to her lack in knowledge of Maycomb County, and her doings hurt others.

Luo tianhong(32) miss Caroline villian

Is miss Caroline a victim or a villain?
I think that miss Caroline is a villian, she herself caused all the troubles to befell her, due to her rigidness and unwillingness to change. 

During the first day of school, when she called scout up to read, she found out scout was illiterate. She reacted with distaste, and stopped scout from learning to read at home. This showed that she follows her plans unconditionally, and if anything interrupts her plans, she would stop it. Because she thought that she was employed to teach scout to read, and if scout is already capable of reading, then what's the point of her there? This showed her rigidness. Because she is rigid, she did not want to change her teaching methods when she went to may comb, a different society compared to Alabama. This caused the students to be distracted and unable to focus, thus causing her a lot of trouble, and the worsening of her and scouts relationship. As showed with the incident with Walter, lending Walter money would be perfectly acceptable in Alabama, where people were richer, but in may comb, the people are poorer, and like the cunning hams, they can't even afford the luch money. Her rigidness caused her to disregard scouts protests, and not to delve deeper into the matter. Admittedly, scouts phrasing was very disrespectful, but she should have realized that in maycomb county, most people are illiterate, and thus she should have made allowances for scout, and tried to understand the matter. 
Thus, her problem stems from the fact that she is unwilling to change her teaching methods and ways when she went to a new society, and caused her to be unable to handle the class well, and caused the displeasure of other teachers as well because of the noise the class was making.

Thus, miss Caroline was a villian, because she was too rigid in her ways, and unwilling to change, which led to all the problems and hardships she faced in maycomb county.

Ow Wen Xuan (18)

Is Miss Caroline a victim / villain?


I personally think that Miss Caroline is a victim. As she is from North Alabama, Winston country, she does not know anything much about Maycomb and how poor the Cunninghams were. The fact that she does not know much can be shown from the part in chapter 2 of her wanting to lend some money to Walter first, asking him to return her the next day. At that time when Scouts mentioned that Walter was a Cunningham, Miss Caroline did not know what she was trying to say as Miss Caroline did not have much knowledge and information on the Cunninghams. However, as her act of offering to lend Walter money to buy lunch was out of good will, not wanting him to starve, I do not think she should be said as a Villain. Due to her ignorance, Miss Caroline probably have done quite a few things that reflected badly on her. However, I still think that she is a victim instead since she did not do anything out of bad intentions.

Joyce 11

I think that miss Caroline is a victim because as an outsider who came from other city, she did not know well about maycomb and thus, had zero knowledge about the folks living in maycomb. Family of cunnninghams are very poor however, their principle is not to accept anything from others which they cannot return. Miss Caroline did not know well about the cunninghams hence, did something that made the students in her class feel like she's shaming Walter Cunningham infront of the entire class when the fact is she did not do it on purpose. Walter Cunningham did not have lunch one day and would never have any in the future as he did not have enough money for that. Miss Caroline saw him without any lunchbox and handed him a quarter so that he could buy his lunch. However, he rejected her offer. She was in confusion and finally scout explained everything to her that the cunninghams don't accept any offers which they can't pay back. Ms Caroline felt really bad as she kind of shamed Walter in front of his classmates as she revealed that Walter is poor. She cried at the end of the day, this means that she actually felt very bad for her own actions like embarrassing Walter and indirectly told the class that Walter has no money. She, not having enough knowledge about maycomb, kept doing the wrong acts. Although it sounds like me Caroline is shaming Walter, she did not do it deliberately as she actually knew nothing about maycomb. Thus, we could not blame her for indirectly shaming Walter and call her a villain as she, in this case, is a victim.

Yong Jie Ning (22) 13 Feb 2015

Is Miss Caroline a victim or a villain?

I think Miss Caroline is a victim because she is new to Maycomb and did not know much of Maycomb's practises due to Maycomb's isolation and that she was from North Alabama. According to the text in Chapter 2 from page 25 to 27, it shows that Miss Caroline was totally clueless about the practises made by the different population of people in Maycomb and an example is the Cunninghams. Miss Caroline saw that Walter Cunningham did not have any food for recess and wanted to help him but was rejected three times as the Cunninghams only took what they could return. She becomes impatient and helpless until Scout offended her by saying she was shaming him. This shows that she was unaware of what is happening and kept doing the wrong thing, making her a victim. Another example is when Miss Caroline wanted to punish Scout, she also did not know about the practise about spitting on the hand whenever someone stretch out the hand and the whole class burst into laughter. This also shows that Miss Caroline was clueless about the practises in Maycomb. Therefore, I feel that Miss Caroline is a victim.

Judy (9)

Is Miss Caroline a victim or a villain? 
I think that Miss Caroline is a victim because she was an outsider and hasn't been in Maycomb for long enough to know some of the terms people use here and the ways of people living here. When Scouts mentioned that Walter was a Cunningham, she did not know what she meant because she does not know who the Cunninghams are and what it means to be one of them, including their practices and beliefs. I think if she knew that the Cunninghams only accepted offers which they can return, and that they would not be able to return almost everything offered to them because they are very poor, she would not have offered the money to Walter. But what she has done can be accepted because it isn't her fault she didn't know about the Cunninghams. And her offer of lunch money to Walter was make out of good will, she didn't want her student to be hungry without lunch. Her intention wasn't to offend anyone, anything undesirable was done totally unintentionally. She was caring towards Walter but was rejected harshly and all the students were against her. I think that even though Miss Caroline did the wrong thing, they should understand it because there was much about the town that she don't know of yet.

Lim Jak Zeng (31) 2H

Is Ms Caroline A Victim Or A Villain?

In my view, I think Ms Caroline is a villian, as she is very inflexible.
From chapter two, we can see that Ms Caroline is very dedicated to teach using only the Dewey Decimal System. She display the fact that she only believes different skills such as reading and writing are intended to be taught at a child's intented age, and are to be taught to the children in a standardised way. For example, when she realised that Scout could read "The Mobile Register perfectly, she grew unhappy that Scout already had the ability to read before the intended age Ms Caroline thought that batch of students should be taught how to read. She immediately told Scout to tell his father to stop teaching her how to read, as the method he taught her was "wrong". Also from the same chapter, when Scout was caught having to write a letter to Dill during Ms Caroline's lesson, Ms Caroline told her the same thing, and also stated that she should stop learning how to write as it will be taught in grade 3. From these two evidence, we can see that Ms Caroline is actually very insistent in her ways of teaching, such that she wants the student to completely stop learning that skill and even blame their parents for teaching them these skills in the first place. In this way, she prevents the students for learning and gaining these skills and abilities, which may be essential to their daily lives. I feel that this is also why Scout does not like Ms Caroline, as a result of Ms Carolines constant accusations wrong methods on her father teaching her on how to read and write, and also how she prevented Scout from developing these skills that she was actually proud and likes to use. Thus, we can see that Ms Caroline is actually more like a villian to Scout and probably some of his friends, because of her stubborn and inflexible ways of teaching.

Guo Hongyi (28)

I think that Miss Caroline is a villain. The writer stated that "Miss Caroline told me to tell my father not to teach me any more, as it would interfere with my reading." She was unhappy that Scout knew how to read, hence she forced her to tell Atticus to stop teaching her to read. This shows that Miss Caroline was very stubborn and only wanted Scout to learn her way of teaching, inferring that Atticus' way of teaching Scout how to read was incorrect. Since Miss Caroline thinks that everything Scout does is not in her favour, she is a villain.

Eunice Chua (3)

I think Miss Caroline is a villian based on the way she forces children to learn in the new way she had implemented into the education system. The term "forces" suggests that she insisted on her way of learning, believing that it should be standardized and that through this method, it will improve the studies of students. In another way, she is very inflexible in the way children should be educated. For example, when Miss Caroline caught Scout writing a letter to Dill in her lesson, she stated that in grade one, students should only learn how to read and it's not until grade three when they can learn to write. She finds that Scout was educated in a wrong way. This portrays that Miss Caroline dislike the fact that Scout received advance education and wanted Scout to learn with the class. However, this might not be the best choice as it will slow down the pace of learning for others with advance education like Scout and it will affect their learning. From this, it can be seen that Miss Caroline controls the way children are educated but at the same time it is not the beneficial to everyone, thus, I conclude that Miss Caroline is a villian.

Matthew (34)

                                 Is Miss Caroline a victim or a villain?

Miss Caroline is a victim as she was not familiar with Maycomb practices, yet she was condemned at school for doing things that were not very welcomed by the students. For example, she offered to give Walter lunch money, however she did not know that Walter did not have the ability to return her the money afterwards due to his financial needs. She was also criticised by Scout because of her act of goodwill, but she did those things all for the welfare of her students, and should not be blamed for being unsure of Maycomb practices as she was an outsider herself. Should she have been a villain, she would not have put effort in wanting to educate the children well. The fact that she told Scout to stop reading with her father shows that she was afraid that Scout's father would impede in her learning of reading, showing that she made the request out of goodwill as well.

Zhou Wei 24

  I think that Miss Caroline is actually a victim in my eyes. In the text, chapter 2 page 24, it is said that Miss Caroline is taught of a new way of teaching in college called the Dewey Decimal System which is faster and Miss Caroline believed it to be the best way to teach children. Thus, she believed that all other methods of teaching will obstruct the new way of teaching and might not be the best for the children which results in she wanting Atticus to stop teaching Scout reading using not the new way of teaching, she wanting to standardize their learning. She only wanted to give the children the best she believes in which is the Dewey Decimal System. She thinks that that is the best method, thus thinking that Atticus can't teach as he is not using the DD system. It is also understandable that she does not believe in Scout as there is no child who is born a genius for you don't see kids picking up a book and reading up well when there is no one around to even tell them how each alphabet sound thus she does not believe Scout when she said is a natural and think that there must be someone who taught her. Scout also have Atticus an educated person as father thus there is high chance of him teaching Scout. She is stubborn about her way of thinking but she is not bad and only wanted to give them the best. Thus she is a victim.

Ng tat kit(33)

is miss Caroline a victim or villain?

I think that Miss Caroline is a victim, as she is from North Alabama and an outsider and thus ignorant about Maycomb and its ways.what she did was just her using her own ways to try to help her students.What she did was done with good intent and she did not mean to offend her students. For example, in chapter 2, Miss Caroline offered Walter a quarter as he lied and said that he did not bring his lunch as he was to poor but did not wish to explain this to her. She did not want him to come back to class with a empty stomach and did not know Walter was a Cunningham and the Cunninghams never took anything that they could not return, and thus Walter rejected her as he knew he could never pay back her money. However, Scout's explanation was insufficiently clear and thus resulted in her embarrassment.This shows that Miss Caroline cares for her students' welfare. Apart from being inflexible and narrow-minded, I do not think Miss Caroline had done anything wrong 

Furthermore, when she talked to Burris Ewell politely on advising him to get rid of his head lice, Burris instead used profane language and made her cry before impudently walking off.thus, I think that she is a victim but not a villain.

Genevieve Lim (06)

Is Miss Caroline a victim or villain?
I think Miss Caroline is a victim as she scolded for something that she did not expect or want to happen. Miss Caroline was scolded by the sixth grade teacher as the class was making a racket out of laughing. After the lunch bell rang, Scout saw Miss Caroline sink down into her chair and bury her head in her arms. scout thought that if Miss Caroline had been more friendly towards her, Scout would have felt sorry for her.
Miss Caroline was unaware of the beliefs and education methods, so when Scout explained to her that she would be shaming Wakter Cunningham if she gave him money. She thought Socut was being rude and she said she had enough of Scout and whacked her with a ruler. The class laughed when Scout was whacked and caused a racket which distracted the sixth grade class. The sixth grade teacher scolded Miss Caroline as the class was too noisy. When Miss Caroline sunk down in her chair and buried her head in her arms, it shows that she did not expect the class to cause a racket and her to get blamed for it. Scout would have felt sorry for her had she been more friendly towards her, which shows that Scout believed Miss Caroline did not deserve to be scolded by the sixth grade teacher.
Thus, Miss Caroline was scolded for something she did not expect or want to happen when she was punishing a student, which shows she was a victim of being blamed for something she did not want or expect to happen.

Audrey Yeo (1)


Is Miss Caroline a victim or a villian?

(Point) I feel that Miss Caroline is a victim of ignorance to the ways and traditions of Maycomb, as anyone new to the town would be. (Explain) Miss Caroline treats the first graders poorly because she does not know how else to treat them. She is not used to the ways of Maycomb and she does not know how to cope with the change in environment, To any outsider, characterizing a whole family (Cunninghams) as extremely,poor would be a rude action to make. (Elaborate) She is an outsider (from faraway place in North Alabama). She is new to teaching in the South and had limited knowledge of Maycomb County. (Link) For example, she did not know that the Cunninghams and Ewells were white trash of the South Alabama for generations (and that Cunninghams never took anything they cannot pay back) therefore Walter could not accept her quarter for lunch. Miss Caroline is a victim of ignorance to the ways and traditions of Maycomb and thus treated the first graders poorly.

Sarah Lim (19)

Is Miss Caroline a victim or a villain? I think that Miss Caroline is a villain. She has become a threat to Scout. Miss Caroline said, "We don't write in the first grade, we print. You won't learn to write until you are in third grade. Tell your father not to teach you anymore. I will take over from here and undo the damage." Miss Caroline have deprived Scout of her freedom to read despite of the fact that she cannot live without reading. Miss Caroline's perspective of an efficient education system involves everyone learning at the same time, strictly following a set of plans for various age groups. Thus, it irritates her when she knew that Scout already had a head-start by being literate. Miss Caroline's demand was totally unreasonable in Scout's eyes, thus, I conclude that Miss Caroline is a villain.

Ashley Loo (16)

I think that Miss Caroline is a victim because she came from another place, Alabama,cthus was an outsider who knew nothing about Maycomb or even the students' backgrounds, and this is the reason why she didn't know what Burris Ewells meant by saying he had done his time for the year. She did not know that Ewells only went for the first day of school and would be absent for the rest of the year. In addition, Burris Ewells treated her so rudely when Miss Caroline actually told him to go back home to bathe. Burris Ewells even shouted at Miss Caroline when she was so polite when she was telling him to sit back down. He eventually made her cry by telling her that she aren't going to make him go nowhere. A student should always listen to their teacher but Burrus Ewells did not which shows that he was making things difficult for Miss Caroline, making her stressed, even made her cry. I think Miss Caroline felt very sad that she could not settle a student down, she did not do a good job as a teacher. However, Burris Ewells' fault as he was very rude to her. Thus, she is a victim who got treated rudely by a student, Burris Ewells, even when she was older than him.

Tong Yizhi (20)

Is Miss Caroline a "victim" or a "villain" ?
I think Miss Caroline is a victim. Miss Caroline, as stated in the book is from North Alabama. Since Maycomb is in South Alabama, the culture and surroundings are very different from her hometown. She is the outsider of Maycomb and has no idea of any of the people's background in Maycomb. For example, she lends Walter Cunningham money for lunch out of kindness and yet was commented as "shaming him" by Scout Finch. Scout Finch said "You're shamin' him, Miss Caroline. Walter hasn't got a quarter at home to bring you, and you can' tbuse any stovewood." Miss Caroline thought Scout Finch is insulting Walter Cunningham, unaware that she is just stating a fact that is seen as normal to the rest of the classmates and punished her. She does not know anything about the Cunninghams and did the wrong things unintentionally which brought her subsequent mortification. When she was punishing Scout Finch, asking her to hold out her hand, she punished her which everyone thought they are sealing oral contract which brought roar of laughter and lead to the scolding from Miss Blount. She also wanted to introduce the Dewey Decimal System but not everyone approves like Miss Blount, who as yet "uninitiated in the mystery of the Decimal System" and Scout Finch, who is afraid that she was unable to read anymore. She tried to teach in her way which seems reasonable and normal in North Alabama but might be strange and unacceptable in South Alabama. This caused her to make a mess of herself and was very depressed and traumatic as "she sink down into her chair and bury her head in her arms". Thus, I think Miss Caroline is a victim.

Is Miss Caroline a victim or a villian? Ng Yi Jie (17)

Miss Caroline is a victim as she was an outsider, thus having limited knowledge on the family backgrounds of her students. She offered Walter Cunningham a quarter out of care and concern, but was offended by Scout when Scout viewed her intentions a way to shame the Cunninghams. Miss Caroline had no prior knowledge that the Cunninghams were poor, and was just trying to help, but received harsh statements from Scout. She was utterly wronged.
Miss Caroline implemented the ridiculous learning methods as she strongly believed that standardised learning was effective for the students, and that they would be able to learn better that way. She did not harbour any ill intentions, but really meant well for her students.

Wei Ze Yu (21)

  I think that Miss Caroline is a victim. She was from North Alabama and was an outsider. It was normal for her to be a little ignorant about Maycomb. She was not familiar with how things work out in Maycomb, she was just using her own ways to help her students, what she did was all of goodwill, she did not mean to offend her students. For example, in chapter 2, Miss Caroline offered Walter a quarter as Walter said that he did not bring his lunch as she did not want him to come back to class with a empty stomach. She did not know Walter is a Cunningham and Cunninghams never take anything that they could not return, Walter rejected her because he was poor and can never return her money.
This evidence showed that Miss Caroline cared for her students' welfare. Apart from being stubborn and inflexible, I do not think Miss Caroline had done anything wrong and thus I think that she is a victim but not a villain.

xinyue (4)

i find ms caroline a victim as she did not know anything about maycomb and did not mean to offend burris in any way. the writer stated that she did not scold burris or do anything to harm him at all, yet he still shouted at miss caroline and called her a "snot-nosed slut of a schoolteacher". i find this act unforgivabke as miss caroline did not deserve to be illtreated as she is an elder and deserves respect. this shows that ms caroline was neglected by burris and is a victim of him.

Is Miss Caroline a Victim or a Villian? Han Wei 26

I think scout sees Miss Caroline as a villian. Even before the start of the lesson, she patted the palm of scouts hands with a ruler and ordered him to stand in the corner until noon. During lesson, after scout read the two texts, she discovered scout was literate and looked at him with more than a faint distaste. after that, she told scout to tell him father not the teach him any more as it will disrupt and ruin her teaching plan. She didnt believed scout after scout said that no one taught him how to read. She insisted that someone taught him. therefore, i think that Miss Caroline is a villain, at least in Scouts mind.

Lee Xin Yi (13)

Is Miss Caroline a victim or a villain?

Miss Caroline is a villain because she is inflexible and thus, straight minded. She thinks that there is a fix way to learn and others should not teach their children, anything in advance. She also only does what she thinks is correct and she will not listen to others. For instance, in the passage, it states that 'You tell him I'll take over from here and try to undo the damage' and ' "I've had about enough of you this morning," she said. "You're starting off on the wrong foot in every way, my dear." ' Thus, it can be seen that even though what Scout says are true, Miss Caroline does not believe Scout and even scolded him. Despite the fact that Miss Caroline is not familiar with Maycomb and the people living in Maycomb, Miss Caroline did not take the initiative to learn their culture and way of living. She will also not find out the truth before accussing people. Hence, Miss Caroline is inflexible and straight minded as she does not know how to change her mind.

Leong Shi Hui(14) 13/2/15

Is Miss Caroline a victim or a villain?

I think that Miss Caroline is a villain, as least in Scout's eyes. From Chapter 2 page 23 of the book, it can be seen that Miss Caroline had looked at Scout with distaste when she discovered that Scout was literate and ordered Scout to ask Atticus to stop teaching her to read since it will interfere with her readings during lessons. From this extract, I think that Miss Caroline is a villain because she is introducing a new way of teaching, which involves everyone to start at the same point. Since Scout was at a higher level than the rest of the students, Miss Caroline demanded Scout to stop learning how to read from outside sources since it will hinder her lesson plan. This move had made Scout resent her since reading was like breathing to her, essential for life. With Miss Caroline restricting her freedom to read, Scout regards Miss Caroline as a "damn lady" and hence, I can conclude that Miss Caroline was a villain in Scout eyes.