To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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Practise Essay- How does Part One of “To Kill a Mockingbird” show the importance of understanding individual difference?

Harper Lee’s 1960 novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” conveys the importance of understanding individual difference through many aspects. Individual difference is the fact that every person is different from the other, that no one is the same and we all have our different views and opinions. This is portrayed through Miss Caroline’s unfriendliness towards Scout, the different views of the town, people growing up and changing, including Jem’s misjudgement of Mrs Dubose, and the misunderstanding of Boo Radley never leaving his home. Techniques such as metaphors, the use of a child narrator and imagery are frequently used throughout the novel. These are used to tell Scout’s childhood recollections and the differences within the town.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a novel that shows the differences of people throughout the town Maycomb County. A range of misconceptions are discovered, one including the thought that Boo Radley never leaves his home, and is described as over six feet tall and awfully ugly, a monster who strangles cats with his bare hands and then eats them, which is revealed early on in the novel by Scout and Jem. This led on to many fantasies, myths and rumours created and believed by the children of the town. They imagine Boo as a completely different person to what he actually is. Dill said:

"We're askin' him real politely to come out sometimes, and tell us what he does in there – we said we wouldn't hurt him and we'd buy him an ice cream." (Ch. 5)

Boo Radley becomes such a figure of fascination for the children that they have many attempts to get him out of his house. This obsession describes their strange longing for connection with him. We eventually find out Boo stands as a figure of innocence that befriends and protects the children in his own way. This scene shows the importance of understanding individual...
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