Voice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The author Harper Lee uses the voice elements tone and detail to show Mayella’s nature in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Mayella is the accused victim of a rape crime supposedly committed by Tom Robinson, a black man, and is therefore placed in court to prove her innocence and Tom Robinson’s guilt. Scout and Jem observe the case in court, and Scout infers the following: “ … she seemed somehow fragile-looking, but when she sat facing us in the witness chair she became what she was, a thick-bodied girl accustomed to strenuous labor” (Lee 151). This passage reveals to the reader Scout’s attitude towards people of lower class and their characteristics. When the author uses the phrase, “she became what she was”, the reader receives the attitude
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