Chapter 9 “Visit”

“Scout, you aren’t old enough to understand some things yet, but there’s been some high talk around town that I shouldn’t do much about defending this man”(TKAM, Chapter 9, Page 100)

At school, Cecil Jacobs, one of Scout’s classmates, insults Atticus. Scout resists the urge to beat him up because Atticus told her to not let the insults get to her. Atticus is being looked down upon by the town because he is defending Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. Christmas comes and Jack Finch, Atticus’s brother who is well liked by the children, visits. Scout curses at the dinner table, a habit she has recently picked up. After dinner, Jack warns her not to curse in front of him. Everyone goes to Finch Landing for a family event and the children have to put up with Aunt Alexandra, Scout and Jem’s very traditional aunt who tries to have Scout act like a “lady”, as well as Francis, her boring grandson. To taunt Scout, Francis lobs insults about Atticus and Dill. Scout beats him up but Jack spanks her before he learns of her reasons. After they return to their home, Scout tells Jack why she attacked Francis. He is filled with rage but Scout makes Jack promise not to tell Atticus because she told him she would not fight anyone for insulting him. That night, Scout overhears Atticus saying that even though Tom Robinson is innocent, he will be found guilty by the all-white jury.

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Literary Elements


  • “Talking to Francis gave me the sensation of settling slowly at the bottom of the ocean”(Lee 92)


  • “he was like a bottle of alcohol and something pleasantly sweet.”(Lee 105)


  • “he managed to tell everything he knew to Aunt Alexandra,”(Lee 107)


  • “Atticus had promised me he would wear me out if he ever heard of me fighting any more;”(Lee 99)


  • “‘Atticus are we going to win it?’ ‘No, Honey.'”(Lee 101)

Theme Statement

“A loss of innocence comes with a child’s age and can not be prevented.”

– Brandon Liu

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