Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Do you believe in Coincidences?

Do you believe in Coincidences? Such as the items in the hole in the tree or Mrs. Maudie's house catching on fire? I know the things in the tree were given by someone, but what was their reason behind it? How come they would put those items in the hole of the tree and what were they thinking? Do you believe in Destinies? Did Mrs. Maudie's house catch fire because she was destined to take care of God's earth...like to have the prettiest garden? Was her house burning down a blessing, or a disaster? What do you think?

9 comments:

Ichigo said...

I would not go as far to say that it was detiny that her house burnt down, since it is a book not real life. It was explained in the story that she left her stove on because it was cold and her house cought on fire. And about the things put into the tree, i think that "whoever" put the first item in it, did not intend for it to be found, but after said person realized who was taking it they offerd more things as a gift.

tristan said...

I believe in destinies, but I also belive that you have control over your destiny and that "the journey is more important than the destination". That is one of my favorite quotes. Everything that happens in the book is to help get Scout to the point where she ends up in the end of the book. It is just like the quote and she would not be at the point she is at at the end of the book unless she expierenced and remembered the things that she did or happened to her in the book. I think that most coincidences are man made and not really "fate" or whatever. Practically anything that happens to you has a reason or a lesson that can be taken from it.

homestar_runner said...

I don't think the items in the tree are a coincidence. I think that someone, Boo Radley possibly, is just putting them in the tree for the kids. And Destinies, I don't know if I would say I believe in destinies, but I believe that God has a will for everyone in life. Everything that happens in life, God has happen for a reason. This story is fictional so I can't say that it was God's will for Miss. Maudie's house to burn down. However, in real life, everything that happens, whether it be good or bad, happens for a reason. Everything that happens to us is all apart of God's will for our lives. I would have to say that she, Miss. Maudie did make the best of the situation though. Instead of being down and upset about her house, she remained possitive. She could hace easily felt sorry for herself but instead she decided she could now make the prettiest garden in Maycomb. Therefore, I guess if I would have to answer, I would say that it was a blessing that her house burnt down.

PrincessJasmine said...

I think that maybe the burning of her house was a blessing for Miss Maudie's sake because she even said herself, that she hated that house...and how excited she was to make her dream garden. But as far as the gifts concealed in the hole, i don't think that that is and coincidence at all. I think that Boo has been watching the children (either from his house, or somewhere else). On the bars of soap the children that were imprinted looked just like Jem and Scout; and since they have yet to see what he looks like, he's obviously been watching them pretty closely. Especially if he can tag their every feature in a piece of artwork.

Barbie Girl said...

So far we think that it was Boo or Arthur Radley that put the trinkets in the tree. I think that he saw the children take the trinkets and maybe thought that the children wanted to be his friend. So after the children took the presents, Boo put new trinkets in the tree. Also, Jem saw this as a sign of friendship, and wanted to write him a letter. Jem probably thought that writing a letter would get Boo, out of the house, so the children can see him.

Mrs. Maudie's house brunt down because she left the stove on. This is not a coincidence because this could happen to anyone. So, to answer your questions, coincidences can sometimes occur but usually there is always a reason behind it.

honey said...

Yes, there's a reason for everything, but everything is meaningless. The big and small things that happen in the story are most likely coinsidences because like ichigo said, it's surely obvious that her house wasn't destined to be burnt down. But then again, that fact can be vague.

ginger said...

I agree with homestar_runner everything that happens may it be good or bad does happen for a reason. But, I am not saying that some situations can't be coincidence.
I also agree with tristan though because I believe that you can take control of your destiny. Just because someone tells you that you're destined to be something doesn't mean that you don't have the power to overcome that and become something more or even live under your destinty and become something less. I think that while Goda may have a will or a destiny for you, you still have to give it your all to achive that. I don't believe that God says it is someones destiny to be homeless out on the street I think that is the will of the person in that situation.

Andie Sachs said...

I really don't think that the things in the tree and Miss Maudie's house fire are coincidences. They both have no relation to each other because of the fact that the things in the tree are a positive thing and Miss Maudie's house, well, not so positive.
For Miss Maudie, this house fire was a blessing. On page 73 she states,"Why, I hated that old cow barn. Thought of settin' fire to it a hundred times myself, except they'd lock me up." So you see this may have looked like a disaster to lose most of what you own, but for Miss Maudie it was a blessing in disguise. Don't you think change can be good?

Emily Osment said...

I agree with andie sachs. I do not believe the things under the tree were coincidences. I think that whoever is putting the items under the tree is doing as gifts to entertain the children. As for the house, I think indeed it was a blessing. She talks about how much she did hate the house, so maybe it was saddening to her, but now she gets to live somewhere new and different. Isn't that what she wanted? Oh, and yes andie sachs I do in some cases think change can be good! If you complain about something over and over and, you really do not enjoy how it is presently, then change could be for the better.