Winters High School Freshman go to the theatre

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By Mia Tretjakov, 1st place in the Newspaper Article Contest The Winters High School Freshman Class of 2022 attended the Woodland Opera House on Thursday, Sept. 20. The Winter’s Education Foundation generously funded this trip for all nineth graders to see the play, based off the book, “To Kill A Mockingbird.” This book is an inspiring story explaining events that took place in the 1930’s. It introduces serious issues of racial inequality while providing readers with great warmth and humor. “To Kill A Mockingbird” starts in off in a small town called Maycomb. In this small town lives 6-year-old Jean Louise Finch (Scout) and her older brother Jeremy (Jem) Finch. They live with their widowed father Atticus, who is a lawyer. Jem and Scout are both very playful children who become friends with a boy who visits Maycomb each summer, named Dill. The three children are intrigued by the Radley house and more specifically Arthur (Boo) Radley who lives inside the house. Atticus is called upon by Judge Taylor to defend a black man who is accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman. Many of the people in Maycomb disapprove of Atticus defending the black man, Tom Robinson, and Jem and Scout are both criticized for being the children of the man defending Tom Robinson. Atticus also faces much criticism and danger when a group of men try to lynch Tom. During a long trial Atticus realizes the accusers, Mayella and her father Bob Ewell, are lying. Mayella made a sexual advancement towards Tom and when her father caught her, he beat her up. After a night long trial Tom is convicted and the jury decides he is guilty. Bob Ewell is embarrassed from the events that had taken place and tries to take revenge against Atticus. He attacks Jem and Scout, breaking Jem’s arm, and a man from the Radley house comes to the rescue. Boo Radley was the man who came out of the house to save the children and Bob Ewell is later found dead with a knife in his body. “To Kill A Mockingbird” is a sensational book that everyone should experience reading. The book has many lessons in itself. Readers can learn from this book and the play about how racial inequality was really dealt with in that time; how men of color and white women were seen as a disgrace to be together. By simply being seen with a black man or defending a black man people thought they would risk their reputations. In that time nobody believed a man of such race was equal to a white man and not many thought to stand up for what was right. In this story, Atticus Finch was the brave man who stood up for what was right and who ignored the fact that he might be seen differently for it. Readers can learn that standing up for equality and what they believe in is the right thing to do. Readers can learn that they should not judge a person solely on his looks, that a person has a deeper meaning and when they deserve to be treated better. They should not just simply stand and watch, they should help. Atticus Finch says a wise thing to his children. “ I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” Readers can learn that real courage comes from standing up for something that is right even though you may not actually change anything. ]]>

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