Essay on The Literary Elements Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

1185 Words Apr 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Books teach us how to see things through other point of views. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee is labeled one of the most influential novels of all time. Perception is a thing a person can alter continuously throughout their lives. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee developed the theme of situation changed perception using the literary elements of characterization and conflicts.
Harper Lee constructed her theme of situation molding perception through the literary device of characterization. A Specific example of this is seen in the dynamic characterization of Boo Radley. Boo Radley or simply Boo, was someone who “dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch,” (Lee,7) and poisoned nuts in the school yard. This makes him seem evil and scary; however after the situation of Boo saving Jem and Scout, Scouts’ perception of Boo changes. Scout shows this when she questions “You’d like to say goodnight to Jem, wouldn’t you, Mr. Arthur,” (Lee, 147). This shows Scout trusts Boo Radley or rather Mr. Arthur with her brother, whom she loves very much. This scene uses the characterization of Boo Radley changing in Scouts perception when Boo changes from a savage, killer to a man she trusts with her brother and latter even walking home alone with him. This scene also shows that if the situation of Bob Ewell endangering the children did not happen then Scouts perception might not have changed. It is because of this situation that Boo had to save the children and it is…

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