Essay on Illusions And Reality Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Illusions and Reality in To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird is a novel that explores illusions and realities. Written by Harper Lee, the novel contains the naive thoughts of Scout, a young child growing up in a harsh world. Eventually, Scout’s illusions from childhood are discarded when reality is shown. Scout is forced to mature quickly in the novel, and she learns to understand the difference between illusion and reality.
Scout fascinates herself with illusions revolving around Arthur Radley. Called Boo by most folks, he is the center of the kids’ curiosity in the beginning of the novel. Boo is regarded as sort of a phantom by the children- he never leaves the house, and the picture they have of him in their mind is one pieced together by neighborhood rumors. Miss Stephanie Crawford is the main source of said rumors. She claims that Boo once stabbed his own father with a pair of scissors, and that she once saw him peeking through her window at night. She also gives Jem a rather gruesome description of Boo. Jem, in turn, passes these rumors on to Scout and Dill. “Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch” (Lee 17). Scout believes these illusions early in the book, and the children spend summers mimicking these stories- they even go so far as to attempt to communicate with Boo. But, as the years pass, Scout begins to see through these illusions. Boo subtly hints at his true personality…

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