To Kill a Mockingbird

Topics: Fiction, Short story, To Kill a Mockingbird Pages: 3 (432 words) Published: May 26, 2013
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Yingting Li/Mert Seymen

Devin Mason


May 25, 2013

A Comparitive Essay

"To Kill a Mockingbird" is a novel written by Harper Lee, narrated by Scout

about her father named Atticus, who defends a black man in the early 1930's.

Meanwhile, "The Lamp at Noon" is a short fiction by Sinclair Ross, about a farmer

Paul and his wife Ellen inability to compromise with each other; but their relationship

becomes stronger at the end. There are many similarities and differences between

these two works, of which can be seen if one compares their literary devices,

characters of Atticus and Paul, and theme of Sacrifice that can improve a situation.

To begin, these two stories demonstrate commonalities in literary devices. For

example, they both have simile. In the short text, description of sky when Paul finally

found Helen, "[...] sun raced like a wizened orange."() it uses "wizened orange"

analogy with the sun. Meanwhile, in the novel, narrative by Scout says, "Aunt

Alexandra fitted into the world of Maycomb like a hand into a glove." Obviously,

world cannot be a hand into a glove. But it shows Scout's opinion towards aunt

Alexandra. Next, both works have personification. In the short story, according to the

narrative, Paul and a mare named Bess, "[...] they are comforting and assuring each

other." () Surely, a mare cannot "comforting and assuring" with Paul, the writer has

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given the mare human feeling. Likewise, there is also personification in Lee's work.

For example, Scout says she sees in the oak tree y the Radley house, "some tin foil[...]

winking at me."(44) which turns out to e gum. Indeed, winking is a human action.

Last, foreshadowing both has shown in two texts. In "To Kill a Mockingbird", the

small town has very cold weather that children never seen before. It foreshadows Mrs.

Radley's death. Also, the fire truck breaks downs, fire...
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