To Kill A Mockingbird Character Analysis

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Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird details the life of a typical white American family during the era of the Great Depression. Although each of the family members is portrayed in a detailed manner throughout the novel, Jean Louise Finch is the main character, as well as the narrator for the majority of the novel. The narration of “Scout” works through two points of view: The view of an independent six year old girl, and simultaneously, the view of a mature woman who is recapping some moments of her earlier childhood. Lee does a superior job in combining the two very unique voices, and forming what came to be a well known novel throughout the United States. The mature adult voice narrating the story To Kill A Mockingbird not only informs readers of the views of the young Scout, but also gives the mature outlook on the events in which the child could not see. The Mockingbird figure, in which Harper Lee portrays in the novel, is a symbol regarding the situations of Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Both Boo and Tom are victims of prejudice in their community, likewise, Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are the “Mockingbirds” of the novel. At first, Scout viewed Boo Radley as the community around

Anderson 2 her portrayed him to be: a hermit who once stabbed his mom. As Scout began to interact with Boo Radley more, such as the occurring at the hollow tree, she began to realize that Boo was truthfully just an innocent human. Likewise, Tom Robinson was accused of raping a white woman. Being that Tom Robinson was an African American man, and the era in which the story takes place, the court case in which he was pursuing was senseless. While Scout's encounter with Boo Radley makes Atticus's lessons about tolerance tangible and personal, Tom Robinson's trial teaches her about intolerance on a social level (Felty). The maturity levels of the two narrating voices is drastically different. An important theme of the novel is the growth from ignorance to knowledge. This theme is developed through the characterization shown through Scout and Jem as they mature. Both Scout and Jem develop an awareness and understanding of the adult world as they grow up through their experiences. Lee represents children having a fairer sense of
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