Tutor profile: Christina T.
Describe an obstacle in your life and how you have overcome it.
At the time of my senior year in high school, my parents and I moved to Ohio. Growing up in California my whole life, this was a major shock to me personally and also physically. I had to leave everything I knew behind. What I learned was that with the help of kind people, anyone can overcome anything. People need people. With the help of new relationships, I realized that even though the unseen is terrifying, by being yourself and opening up to people, life doesn't have to be so scary.
Illustrate the characteristics of a hero. Who would you perceive as the hero in this novel and why? Use specific examples from the text.
I believe the hero is Atticus Finch. He not only is a mentor to his children and a community leader, but he exemplifies what it means to be a person fighting for justice in an unjust world. No matter what obstacles he faces, he sticks to his morals and beliefs, even if he cannot win. For example, although he knew he would lose his case, he took on the challenge and proved that even if he can make a difference in one life, it means something.
What themes do we see being addressed in the beginning pages of the book? Identify and describe.
The theme addressed is identity and finding one's voice. When Melinda describes her situation using imagery and her place in life, the reader can identify with the protagonist by relating to her obstacles in overcoming young adult conflicts, internal and external, while showing empathy to the narrator.
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