To Kill a Mockingbird - Essay 1

To Kill a Mockingbird - Essay 1

  • Submitted By: jademerrick
  • Date Submitted: 03/23/2010 1:22 AM
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Personal Study Jade Merrick

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a novel based in the Alabama Town of Maycomb. It is about a young girl Scout that lives with her older brother Jem and their widow father Atticus. This study will focus on the significance of the child narrator and how this affects the way we are told the story , what we are told and the overall comment achieved on the adults of Maycomb County.

Jem and Scot are influenced by many Characters throughout the novel which take us through the development of their characters. Lee skilfully presents us with a different Scout and Jem at the end of the novel.

Atticus, Scout and Jems lawyer father agrees to defend a black man Tom Robinson, who has been wrongly accused of raping a white woman. Jem and Scout are then subjected to abuse from other children and even adults in Maycomb. The events that unfold are told to us through the eyes of young Scout.

One of the first key incidents that occurs, to show how powerful Lee is at using Scout as the narrator is when a lynch mob come to kill Tom Robinson. Atticus leaves the house at 10pm one night and Jem becomes suspicious so decides to follow Atticus. They find him sitting outside the jail of where Tom is being kept. As they see he is fine they decide to head home, but as they are leaving four cars turn up and a number of men surround Atticus questioning him about Tom. Scout runs over to Atticus and comes face to face with strangers. Atticus asks Jem to take Scout and Dill home but he refuses. One stranger grabs Jem “I’ll send him home” yanking him from his feet. Scout reacts by kicking the man. As things settle down, Scout searches for a face she knows and recognises Mr Cunningham.
“Hey Mr Cunningham. How’s your entailment gettin’ along”.
This shows the innocence of Scout and how she is unaware of how serious this matter is. Mr Cunningham ignores Scout but she persists, asking him questions about his son. Eventually Mr Cunningham...

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