Grace Ryan, Wendell Stamps
Lana Kane, Bayani del Rosario
CHAPTER 12 SUMMARY
displays the normal signs of getting older, with
inconsistent moods and a short temper.
is told to
leave him alone. The suffering that
maturing, is not fully understood by
, who misses
his company as well as
. And her growing is evident
too, when she finds kitchen chores to have interesting
leaves for town on official
takes the children for a religious
service to a all
CHAPTER 12 SUMMARY (Cont)
Their presence is acknowledged by all the members of the
church, except for
, a troublemaker, but her stance is
is amazed at the proceedings, especially
at the lack of hymnbooks. She is later told that most of them
are uneducated except for a few, including
children’s time at the church serves an eye-opener for them.
They realize how inherently different they are from African
Americans and the heartfelt welcome given by the church
members speaks a lot of their basic generous nature.
CHAPTER 12 SUMMARY (Cont)
sudden switch to the colored folks’ way of talking, also
surprises them, and they realize the somewhat dual life that
has to lead. Although, she can speak like white
folks, she hasn’t forgotten her origins. The preacher,
virtually commands the people to donate money for Tom
Robinson’s wife and children. The reason behind Tom’s arrest is
revealed, that he had apparently raped Bob Ewell’s daughter.
want to help Tom and donate from their own pockets.
On returning home, they are disappointed to see their Aunt
Alexandra who has come to stay with them. Her strong influence
over the children, isn’t something that they like.
CHAPTER 12 CHARACTERS
Atticus’ daughter. An impulsive girl by nature, she
keeps rushing into fights and is more emotional than
He is the son who is deeply motivated to follow his
father's footsteps. The important idea of maturity is well
depicted in his character as he has gains maturity by the
end of the novel.
A highly respected and responsible citizen of Maycomb
County. He is the father of Scout and Jem. An attorney by
profession, he is very particular about delivering justice.
A young Negro laborer. He is honest and helpful but is unfairly
convicted and even found guilty for crime he has not committed.
The inequality towards blacks reaches a peak in the treatment
given to him by the whites.
CHAPTER 12 CHARACTERS
The family’s black housekeeper who has looked after the
family since the children had lost their mother. Her
presence has contributed to the molding of the children’s
character to a great extent.
As minister of First Purchase Church, Reverend Sykes is
an authority figure in Maycomb's African-American
Atticus’ sister who comes to live with them, since it seemed
necessary that there should be some feminine influence in the
house. Aunt Alexandra seems too stern and forbidding at the
beginning, but later on, her soft-heartedness is revealed.
CHAPTER 12 - SETTING
* Maycomb Middle School
* First Purchase African M.E. Church
* The Finch House
CHAPTER 12 – SYMBOLISM / IMAGERY
The terms "black" and "white" (when referring to people in the novel) are symbols
because they are used to separate two groups of people and violate the lesser of the two
groups' rights. When a black man says something and a white man says something, the
words "black" or "white" determine the superiority of the person.
Author, Harper Lee focuses on the black community in Chapter 12, giving the
children (Scout and Jem) a deeper understanding of how African Americans live in
"An oppressive odor met us when we crossed the threshold, an odor I had met
many times in rain-rotted gray houses where there are coil-oil lamps, water
dippers, and unbleached domestic sheets"
The above is a great example of the imagery of the First Purchase African M.E.
Church that appears in chapter twelve. The church looks to be beyond repair,
damp and filled with mildew.
CHAPTER 12 QUESTIONS
1. What three things are perplexing (bothering)
Scout at the beginning of the summer?
2. Where did Scout and Jem go with Calpurnia?
3. Explain what Scout finds unusual about Calpurnia’s
manner of speaking at the Negro congregation?
4. What is the name of the Reverend at Calpurnia’s church?
5. Why does the Reverend order the doors of the church shut?
6. Why was Lula angry with Calpurnia?
7. Why does the congregation sing the hymns by “lining”?
8. What explanation does Cal give for talking “n*****-talk”?
9. Who is sitting on the Finches front porch?
10. Why are the children reluctant
to have this person live with them?
CHAPTER 12 VOCABULARY
1) inconsistent - displaying a lack of consistency
2) indignant -
angered at something unjust
3) altercation- noisy quarrel
4) diligent -
quietly and steadily persevering
especially in detail or exactness
5) frivolous -
not serious in content, attitude or
CHAPTER 12 LITERARY TERMS
1) In chapter 12, Scout is having trouble coping with Jem’s
treatment of her. Scout says:
“The Governor was eager to scrape a few barnacles off the ship
of state; there were sit-down strikes in Birmingham..”
"Scraping the barnacles off the ship of state" is a metaphor that
means the governor was trying to clean things up.
2) Calpurnia is getting the children ready for church. Scout says:
“She had put so much starch in my dress it came up like a tent when I
This is a simile. The author is comparing the starched dress to a stiff
3) TKAM (p. 134) His curtness stung me… is an example of hyperbole
– an exaggeration or overstatement.