Hey! You can't paint on that! You aren't even from around here.
Sorry, I got permission.
The Painter Lady
Stop ignoring us!
Stop ignoring us!
Are there any vegetables cooked without meat?
Two kids- the main characters Lou, and the narrator-are waking to school, and saw a painter lady painting on the wall. This wall belongs to the kids of Taliaferro Street! They are trying to get her to go away, and they will not give up.
The Gathered People
When they walked by again, the painter lady was STILL there. They kept asking the lady to go away. That wall is special. They even chiseled Jimmy Lion's name into that wall when they found out he was not coming home from the Vietnam war, and can't take them fishing. Every time they asked the lady to go, she mainly just ignored them.
To the people of Taliaferro Street, I dedicate this wall of respect painted in memory of my cousin, Jimmy Lions.
The painter lady turned down two twin little girl's food they offered her, and ended up going to the restaurant the boys mother works at, and the painter lady is asking a lot of very strange questions because she is not from there, and it is making the mother a bit frustrated, but she knows it is just because she is new to this town.
They boys were walking home from school then next day, still planning a way to ruin the rude painter lady's work, when they saw people gathered all around the wall...they seemed wowed.
Whoa! it's beautiful.
The two boys walked up to the wall to see what everyone was so amazed by. When they walked up to the wall, they paused. They saw the amazing designs of Martin Luther King Jr. , Kids playing, and best of all, a rainbow with the amazing sign below it, saying that this is a wall of respect dedicated to Jimmy Lions, who turned out to be the painter lady's cousin
This is amazing
I believe the theme of "The War of the Wall" is respect for many reasons. But the biggest reason I believe the theme is respect, is because the boys were very angry so they were being disrespectful towards the painter lady, and they didn't even consider the idea that what she was working on could be important, or mean something to her. In the end they saw that the entire wall was to dedicate to respect Jimmy Lions. I believe Lou and the narrator learned respect.