Thursday, 12 March 2015
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.