Essay on To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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     Each character’s personality in the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is intricately described, therefore giving the reader an image or idea of the kind of person he or she is. A picture of the character is formed in the mind with maybe rough edges but a soft heart on the inside. A character’s personality may be oversimplified by drawing shapes in symbolism, but the shapes may be helpful in perceiving the general extent of the characteristics. With a little help from Lee’s descriptions, I have been able to form images in my mind (and draw them on paper) of the personalities of Scout, Jem, Atticus, Dil, Calpurnia, Boo Radley, and Bob Ewell.      Scout’s shape has a green…show more content…
She always looked up to Jem, and, although she sometimes wouldn’t like his attitude toward her, she would always love and respect him. The finger-like extension projecting from the side toward everyone else in Maycomb represents the innocent observing the symptoms of maturity and politics, as well as the morality and principals of those who differentiate from Atticus, such as Aunt Alexandra and Ms. Gates. “Somewhere, I had received the impression that Fine Folks were people who did the best they could with the sense they had, but Aunt Alexandra was of the opinion, obliquely expressed, that the longer a family had been squatting on one patch of land the finer it was” (130). When Scout says this and tries to understand Aunt Alexandra’s opinion, it, again, shows the respect Atticus has planted in her. The respect that manipulates her outlook on everyone and life gives her the want to understand others and their opinion before deciding that whatever she was raised to believe is always right. Scout looks upon the Maycomb citizens with respect, wonder, and openness for understanding the ways of the town that contrast to the ways of Atticus. The smooth half-heart bottom shows that she has a soft heart and wants to understand people and their sometimes contradicting ways. The size of Scout’s shape is rather large because her place in the novel, as narrator, is important because she tells the story and the reader sees everything from her point of

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