How Does Lee Use Characterization In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill or Not to Kill In To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee writes about a family, and their hardships throughout the time of the Great Depression. The narrator, Scout Finch tells the story through her perspective. Scout is a young, innocent little girl, but through other people's eyes reality is completely different than what it seems to her. Jem, Scout's slightly older brother lives in Maycomb, Alabama; with her, Calpurnia (the help), and their father Atticus. Maycomb is a town where racism lives and thrives, and people aren't afraid of showing it. Lee uses characterization throughout the book in the form of a mockingbird to show that it’s a sin to harm the innocent. When Dill comes into town he and Scout show their innocence by telling …show more content…
stopped and listened. Shuffle-foot had not stopped with [them] this time. His trousers swished softly and steadily. Then they stopped. He was running, running toward [them] with no child’s steps” (Lee 139). In no time at all they were on the ground beneath a tree by the Radley’s place being attacked a man. Scout felt someone other than Jem pull this man off of her, she was unaware of who it was at the time, but later realized it was Arthur Radley. The Sheriff of the town, Heck Tate, explains to Atticus, the kids father, that if he was to tell the rest of the town who saved the children he would be doing Mr.Radley wrong. In Tate’s words he would be putting Arthur (Boo) into the limelight, therefore harming the innocent. Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird lived her life alongside Jem, throughout the book they showed their innocence through everything they did. Whether it was merely walking home in a ham costume or not knowing anything about a situation and just doing whatever they thought was right. It’s a story about sin and the innocence of children. No matter the moment it seemed that Scout always had an answer, a pure answer deprived of the harsh world’s bias. As the story comes to an end, Scout and Jem are growing up and realizing the true meaning of what it really is to “Kill a

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