1. Diction Chapter 1, Pg. 6
“Our mother died when I was two, so I never felt her absence… I did not miss her, but I think Jem did. He remembered her clearly, and sometimes in the middle of a game he would sigh at length, then go off and play by himself behind the car-house. When he was like that, I knew better than to bother him.” This quote shows that Jem and Scout are motherless but have their maid Calpurnia and that their father, Atticus was wifeless.
2. Diction Chapter 1, Pg. 13
“Jem said if Dill wanted to get himself killed, all he wanted to do was go up and knock on the front door.” This proves that everybody is scared about the Radley Place and thinks that they’ll die if they go near it and touch it
3. Diction Chapter 1, Pg. 14
“My stars, Dill! Now lemme think… reckon we can rock him…”. This quote shows that Jem is being sarcastic and uses slang or it’s just the way he talks. They don’t have respect toward themselves while talking.
4. Diction Chapter 2, Pg. 19
“Impatience crept into Miss Caroline’s voice.” Scout was already fed up with Miss Caroline by lunch time, and Miss Caroline tries to give a hand to Walter Cunningham, but is denied and Miss Caroline becomes well impatient.
5. Diction Chapter 2, Pg. 22
“My sojourn in the corner was short one, saved by the bell…” Scout was punished by Miss Caroline. She was sent in the corner and could leavebecause of the dismissed bell.
6. Diction Chapter 3, Pg. 25
“Besides, I added, she’d already gotten me in trouble once today: she had taught me to write and it was her fault. ‘Hush your fussin’,’ she said.” Calpurnia got Scout in trouble for teaching her how to write. Then, Calpurnia talked in a country way.
7. Diction Chapter 3, Pg. 28
“Report and be damned to ye! Ain’t no snot-nosed slut of a schoolteacher ever born c’n make me do nothin’! Burris the bad kid talked back to Miss Caroline in a very bad way. Miss Caroline wanted Burris to go somewhere, but he refused to do so, and when he bad mouthed her she started crying.
8. Diction Chapter 3, Pg. 25
“Almost died first year I come to school and et’ them pecans- folks say he pizzened ‘em and put em’ over the school fence.” The author uses regional dialect to establish the difference between the children’s social status and education.
9. Diction Chapter 4, Pg. 33
“’Spit it out right now!’ I spat it out. The tang as fading anyway. ‘ I’ve been chewin’ all afternoon and I ain’t dead yet, not even sick.’”
Scout had found a piece of chewing gum in a tree. Jem doesn’t think she should be eating it because it might be dangerous.
10. Diction Chapter 4, Pg. 35
“’Naw, don’t anybody much but us pass by there, unless it’s some grown person’s-‘ ‘Grown folks don’t have hidin’ places. You reckon we ought to keep em’ Jem?’” Scout and Jem found two pennies one on top of the other. They were asking each other questions about if someone passed through here and put them there and if they should keep them.
11. Diction Chapter 5, Pg. 43
“’Yessum. How do you know?’ ‘Know what child?’ ‘That B- Mr. Arthur’s still alive?’ ‘What a morbid question. But I suppose it’s a morbid subject. I know he’s alive Jean Louise, because I haven’t seen him carried out yet.’” Miss Maudie knows that Boo Radley is alive.
12. Diction Chapter 5, Pg. 46
“’She’s crazy?’ Miss Maudie shook her head. ‘If he’s not he should be by now. The things that happen to people we never really know.’” Miss Maudie talks and says good things about Arthur Radley. Scout asks her is she is crazy. You are never suppose to be nosey and listen to other people’s conversations.
13. Diction Chapter 6, Pg. 51
“Dill and Jem were simply going to peep in the window with the loose shutter to see if they could get a look at Boo Radley, and if I didn’t want to go with them I could go straight home and kkepmy fat mouth shut, that was all.” Everybody was curious if the Radley Place