In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, the author uses characterization to bring her characters to life. Harper Lee introduces the characters of Scout, Jem, and Atticus Finch, the protagonists. Direct and indirect characterization allows the reader to further learn about and relate to the fascinating characters. She uses them to further connect the reader to this iconic story. By conveying the story through these characters, the reader is immersed into the novel. The young and lively Scout Finch provides the narration. Scout introduces herself to the reader as a six year old and recounts the world through her eyes until the book ends when she is eight. Through the entirety of the book Scout is growing and changing. In the beginning she is a tomboy who refuses to wear a dress and gets into fights at school. She matures so gradually that it is almost unnoticeable, yet she shows that she is becoming a lady at Aunt Alexandra’s missionary circle meeting. The family receives the sudden news that Tom Robinson was killed during the meeting. Being a traditional lady, Aunt Alexandra does not leave her company, even after the devastating announcement. Scout follows her example, “I carefully picked up the tray and watched myself walk over to Mrs. Merriweather. With my best company manners I asked her if she would have some. After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I” (Lee 318). This is a big transformation for Scout, as she takes offense in the
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An example of characterization is, “Walter looked as if he had been raised on fish food: his eyes, as blue as Dill Harris’s, were red-rimmed and watery. There was no color in his face except at the tip of his nose, which was moistly pink.” (30). This quotation reminds Scout that Walter is a very deprived child, who is basically given just enough to survive. Even though Scout was just trying to help Miss Caroline understand what the Cunningham family’s situation was, she did not really realize how hard life must be for the young boy. In this moment, the narrator begins to realize that maybe she does not have it so hard and should appreciate the little things she is given in life. This characterization of the young Cunningham boy is just another moment that Scout is learning a life lesson and can understand things she had not been able to before. An example of indirect characterization is, “She was furious, and when she was furious Calpurnia’s grammar became erratic. When in tranquility, her grammar was as good as anybody’s in Maycomb.” (32). This helps explain that Calpurnia was extremely angry when she heard Scout asking why Walter was acting so strange. She was trying to teach the young child that you cannot judge someone just because they act differently than you. Everyone is raised differently and they cannot help if they tend to have strange habits. Calpurnia might have taken more
Imagine a game of plinko* where each spike has on it a word. Each word ranges from poverty to upper class, college to high school degrees, urban to rural, or even just different life experiences. Every single spike affects the ball’s path down to the bottom. However which spikes are the most influential in guiding the ball to its endpoint. Social aspects of life shape what we believe through tv, media, and the people around us.
Lastly, Scout Finch is a very innocent young lady. Many things in the world are not known to her in full context, but she will eventually learn, and gain experience. An example of Scout’s innocence would be when she invited Walter Cunningham to dine with them. She observed how he poured syrup over his food and then asked him why he did so, followed by “But he’s gone and drowned his dinner in syrup” (Lee 32). She is then told by Calpurnia that you are not to comment on how other people eat. This is the transition from Innocence to Experience, and her innocence is
“I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless. I am Divergent” (Roth 442). This quotation display a certain substance we all need understand about ourselves in life; we are more than one thing, one personally, and one judgement, we are all divergent. Divergent is a powerful word in which means that we are all different than what the world may want you to be or how you are portrayed to the rest of the world. Divergent means, you are not just one human you are one different human being who has many aspects that make you the person you are. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, judgement is evident when characters Arthur Radley, Atticus Finch, and Dolphus Raymond are misjudged for the way they community sees them, which is being
In the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Lee creates a theme that first impressions can make us think negatively about objects but, as we grow up these feelings start to go slowly go away. Lee shows us this theme through the element of dialog and characterization. We see this in many chapters for example chapter 1. We hear a lot about Boo’s character and that he is mean and a, quite person, later when Scout grows up Boo is no longer scary. In chapter 1 on page 14 Jem describes what Boo looks like; “Jem gave a reasonable description of Boo: Boo was about six-and-a-half-feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained-if you ate an animal raw, you could
People who do nothing but good are often tainted with rumors and harmed by other people. Harper Lee explores this idea in her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. To Kill a Mockingbird is a story about a seven-year-old girl named Scout growing up in the nineteen-thirties, her ten-year-old brother Jem and her friend named Dill who is the same age as she is. She lives in a very tight knit county called Maycomb in Alabama where everybody knows and hangs out with each other. However, there is one house where the inhabitants never come out of, the Radley house, where an old couple lives with their two adult sons.
Lessons that children are taught at a young age, are crucial to how they will be and treat others later in their adulthood. Harper Lee’s award winning novel takes place in the early 1930s over the course of two summers in Maycomb, Alabama. Two children named Scout and Jem learn multiple lessons. As they mature, they discover what the world is like and see the propaganda and prejudice occuring in their own town. With the racism, the sexism, and the judgements, these children are taught lessons and morals from adults and mentors. The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, demonstrates how by learning respect, courage, and empathy Jem and Scout are forced to grow up through meaningful lessons and conflicts that they experience and learn in their childhood that last a lifetime.
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee addresses many important and sensitive issues. Some of the issues include racism, discrimination and social class. In the early 1900's most of the people were racist and discriminatory, therefore the author trying to show the look and feel of that time.
In To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus’s idea of what it means to be a man and his beliefs are a large factor in Scout’s personal development. In a thesis paper by Laura Hakala at Georgia Southern University, she explains how “[Atticus] completely subverts expectations by acting stereotypically feminine, [or] only bend conventions by demonstrating features that differ from the dominant male traits in his community” (14). This refers to Atticus preferring reading over hunting, while he is not demonstrating a stereotypically feminine trait, he is demonstrating features that clash with how the town views he should act. However, despite the backlash that Atticus receives, the ideology of acting in the way that the situation requires, regardless of the
“Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square. Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer’s day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum...There was no hurry, for there was no where to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb.” (Lee 6) In Harper Lee’s classic story To Kill a Mockingbird,
“Or didn’t you scream until you saw your father in the window? You didn’t think to scream until then, did you?”
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses characterization through differences between Atticus and Aunt Alexandra to exhibit how a person’s thoughts and actions determine their character.
In class we are reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I just finished reading chapters 16-23. The book is in Scouts perspective, and I think that it really helps when reading too see how Scout views a certain topic. It is a coming of age story and the two characters that are growing up are Scout and Jem. In this journal I will give information about a character named Tom Robinson, and my opinions on him. I will also be conveying my opinions oh why Mayella Ewell would have lie about the case.
The quote "People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for" was written by Harper Lee, an author widely known for her book To Kill a Mockingbird. In fact, the quote was said in this book by Judge Taylor during a court section. He was warning the people in the room about what they might hear, telling them to stay at their own risk. He provides many life lessons by saying this. For example, he teaches that people only see and hear what they want to, people feel and interpret things differently, and that people are closed off from what is really happening.
Scout, in Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” is surrounded by danger that can influence her badly. Scout’s friends make her feel awful by making fun of her since Atticus is supporting Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is an an African American man who is accused of raping a white women. Why would Scout want to go to back to school after being made fun of? Scout is not willing to go back to school, so she tries experimenting by acting differently during Christmas in the hopes that Atticus would stop making her go to school.