How Does Harper Lee Present Her Ideas About Childhood in the Novel 'to Kill a Mockingbird'?

771 WordsMar 11, 20134 Pages
'To Kill A Mockingbird' is a novel written by Harper Lee. The novel is based on the racism, injustice and prejudice of America in the 1930's. Harper Lee presents her ideas about childhood through the eyes of six year old, Scout - Jean Louise Finch. The book is written from a child's point of view on their surroundings, but an adult writes it from a child's imagination and thoughts. Harper Lee cleverly uses a child's perspective to portray events that happen within the story, because it is written by a mere child there are no judgmental opinions. As a result, showing us as readers that childhood is an essential part of 'To Kill A Mockingbird'. Through the perspective of Scout, we understand how Maycomb as a town is very unexciting.…show more content…
Harper Lee has created Boo to reveal that children are gullible and innocent, so they believe anything. The writer Harper Lee, also considers reminding the reader that Scout is not a child anymore but an adult. This is shown in the beginning of Chapter 11 where she reminds the reader that she's older now by saying "When we were small..." This shows that Harper Lee wants the reader to understand that she is still presenting childhood. But when there is a conversation, which involved one of the children, the language switches to informal slang and words that sound as they are spelt. "You gonna give me a chance to tell you? I don't mean to sass you, I'm just trying to tell you." This depicts that Scout is being told off by Uncle
Open Document