Friday, 13 February 2015

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.

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