Kill A Mockingbird : Satirical Points Are Being Made About Education Through Scout 's Experiences At School?

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To Kill A Mockingbird - Short Answer Responses

Q7: What satirical points are being made about education through Scout 's experiences at school? At the beginning of Chapter two in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the author Harper Lee portrays the new education system in a negative light through the use of short comments and in class events. For example, at one point a 1st grade teacher simply waves vocabulary cards at dumbfounded students while they "[receive] these impressionistic revelations in silence." Clearly, Lee wants to point out the ineffectiveness of the new education system and even ridicules it. Her word choice contributes to that, as receiving "impressionistic revelations" in silence, could be seen as an oxymoron in itself. "[Trying] to undo the damage," the teacher also continuously harasses already literate students, and forbids anyone to learn outside of school. To prohibit the acquisition of knowledge presents one of the greatest crimes one can commit: it blatantly goes against all civilized, human principles. Lee’s references and examples of satire regarding the educational system continue throughout the book; the effectiveness of education is only as effective as the teachers themselves.

Q14: What Functions/Roles does Miss Maudie Atkinson serve in the Novel?
In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, the wise character Miss Maudie Atkinson serves as a mother-like influence of reason and trust. Scout, a young girl without a mother, views Miss Maudie as one of…

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