Essay on Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee
One novel that explores the theme of courage is ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee. The book is written through the eyes of Jean Louise Finch (Scout) looking back to a key incident that took place in her childhood. The book is set in the town of Maycomb. Lee uses different narrative techniques to convey the key theme of courage. As well as showing the characters courage, Lee also shows the towns courage. She personifies Maycomb town and portrays it as not so courageous compared to Scout, Jem and Atticus.
One of the things that Lee explores is the towns own courage. She personifies Maycomb and gives the town its own personality. It is “a tired old town” no exiting things have taken place there in years. Unlike Jem and Scout the town is not courageous. The Finch children go out and look for something new to do, they make up exiting games and you would never find them sitting with nothing to do, whereas the town waits for something to happen. Lee has done this on purpose to emphasise what a major event this is. When Lee describes the town of Maycomb she uses alliteration, this reiterates how boring it is. There is “no hurry for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with”, Lee also uses repetition to highlight this point. The author also explores the theme of courage when Dill dares Jem to touch their neighbour Boo Radley’s house.
Boo Radley is the Finch’s next door neighbour. Boo hasn’t been seen since he was much younger,…