Characterization Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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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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