Essay To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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It’s interesting to see the ways different authors depict how a character matures. In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mocking Bird we can easily see how she chose to do it. The novel is set in Alabama in the 1930’s, while black vs. white racism was a big issue and problem for many. Atticus is the father of Scout and Jem, young children who witness the discrimination first hand when their father, a white man, defends a black man in court. Lee does a great job developing the characters; especially the narrator, Jean Louise Finch (Scout). Scout’s thoughts, conversations, and actions, illustrate that she’s emotionally maturing from the innocent child that she was.      Through Scout’s thoughts, it’s obvious that she is…show more content…
She described to the readers that “…our neighbor’s image blurred with my sudden tears. ‘Hey Boo’, I said” (270). This is the first and definite indication that Boo is a good man. Even though Scout had never seen him before, she realizes who he is. Scout is brought to tears because this is the first time that she realizes that the man that she used to fear the most had cared about her and saved her life. The fact that she notices this shows her mental growth undoubtedly. After Boo had saved the children, Mr. Tate explained to Atticus that they should cover up for Boo, the man who had just stabbed Bob Ewell, and Atticus finally agreed. He wasn’t sure if Scout had understood all that was said and done until Scout describes,      Atticus looked like he needed cheering up. I ran to him and hugged him and      kissed him with all my might. ‘Yes sir, I understand,’ I reassured him. ‘Mr.      Tate was right.’ Atticus disengaged himself and looked at me. ‘What do you      mean?’—‘Well, it’s be sort of like shootin’ a mocking bird, wouldn’t it?’” (276). This quote reveals Scout’s amazing understanding of life. She took a past learning experience and formed an incredible analogy comparing Boo and the mocking bird that her father earlier told her not to shoot. This analogy proves that Scout’s wisdom is well beyond her years.      Although thoughts and

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