The Glory Of The Narrator Is Always Paid For By A Lot Of Secondary Characters

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A renowned American author and poet named Tony Hoagland once said that “the glory of the protagonist is always paid for by a lot of secondary characters.” Having accumulated a great degree of experience throughout his writing career, he correctly summarizes the ideal role of secondary characters in a novel. They are strategically placed pillars of protagonists who add additional depth and complexity to the story and convey essential information not presented by the protagonists. In one of the world’s most celebrated novels, To Kill a Mockingbird, the author Harper Lee tells the story of an adolescent girl that highlights her growth through a series of events that take place in a small American town called Maycomb during the 1960s. The story deals with her journey to the state of maturity and social issues of America during that time. In it, Lee masterfully employs three unique secondary characters in Scout’s friend from the Meridian named Dill, her aunt, Alexandra Hancock, and her mysterious neighbour known as Boo Radley to symbolize different stages of the main character, Scout’s development throughout the novel.
To begin, Dill Harris represents Scout’s phase of childhood innocence. Such is evident as Dill is introduced as a potential instigator of all events, is referred to as “a curiosity” by the narrator, and acts as Scout’s escape from Aunt Alexandra’s presence. To echo on the first example, the story is introduced with the narrator’s recount of Jem stating that all…
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