Essay to Kill a Mocking Bird

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How does the author use their characters to reflect the notions and concerns in their novel?
The fiction novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee explores many issues and concerns such as maturation and morals and ethics .Lee uses the character such as Jem, Scout and Atticus Finch to help convey these notions and concerns. Jem and Scout take us through their journey of maturation. While then we learn about Atticus’s morals and ethics. In the novel to kill a mockingbird Harper lee uses the character scout and Jem to depict the issue of maturation. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird Jem and Scout change tremendously. As the novel goes on, the reader can see that Jem and Scout mature even when the rest of the town does not, “Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time. "The Author uses the character Jem to show us maturation of his beliefs .Jem is growing up and realizes that the myths about Boo are unlikely to be true. Scout was presented with an infuriating predicament that challenged her moral strength. When Cecil Jacobs daringly confronted her over Atticus defending "niggers" Scout thought with her head instead of her fists after she received a warning from Atticus about her fighting. She thought, "I was far too old and too big for such childish things...".Although still young, Scout’s first sign of maturity had risen to the surface when she learned to tolerate and deal with the awful behaviour of Maycomb residents. Because Scout started to realise that she didn’t have to fight with her fist to get her point across this maturated her mentally. The techniques used here is circular plot; the story begins where it ends. Emotive language is also seen through the novel this creates the responder to feel emotion towards the characters. As the reader we are forced to feel a paradigm shift towards the new mentality of Jem and Scout Finch. Harper lee portrays issue...
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