To Kill a Mockingbird as a Bildungsroman Essay

  • Importance Of Key Lessons In To Kill A Mockingbird

    Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is a Bildungsroman novel that to a great extent reflects the importance of life values and morals and demonstrates the importance of these lessons within society. The key lessons that are explored through the text are taught by Atticus Finch to his two children. Atticus not only verbally teaches these lessons to the Finch children Jem and Scout, but leads by example, always following his beliefs and morals to handle different situations. Through the use of literary techniques such as motifs, symbolism, authorial intrusion and foreshadowing the reader is able to see the significance that these lesions have on the maturing of the two protagonists. A key lesson that is greatly explored through the novel is that “You don’t know anybody until you’ve walked around in their shoes” . This lessons really embodies the novels theme of prejudice. A character who is a victim of prejudice is Maycomb County’s recluse, Boo Radley. Throughout the novel, the readers begin to understand the false prejudice surrounding Boo through the motif of the gifts, and the symbolism of the knot-hole, a symbol of friendship between Boo and the children, however Scout cannot as of yet put herself into Boo’s shoes and realise this. It is through the use of authorial intrusion, Lee is able to convey to the readers just when it is that Scout truly realises this lesson. This is shown at the end of the novel, when the narrator Scout says “Atticus was right. One time he said…

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  • Analysis Of Jem In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

    In her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee describes the maturation of the protagonist’s brother, Jem, as he grows up in Maycomb County, Alabama, a town controlled by racism and hate. Over the course of the book, he faces several obstacles and challenges that cause him to let go of his naive mindset as an innocent ten-year-old and directly deal with the inherent discrimination among individuals in his community. Therefore, Lee’s novel is an example of a bildungsroman, or a book dealing with…

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  • Sins Versus Sority In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

    Scout Finch: Sins Versus Sincerity Hypocritical characters, such as Alexandra and Mrs. Gates, are exceedingly present in Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Lee also uses characters of utmost integrity to foil these hypocrites. The polarity of these themes can prove confusing and upsetting to immature youth. Therefore Scout Finch’s development of maturity was a result of her untimely comprehension of the variations between hypocrisy and integrity. Scout Finch learned an important lesson in…

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  • To Kill A Mockingbird Good And Evil Analysis

    Without evil, there is no good, without good, there is no evil; no one is ever comprehensively virtuous or immoral but rather at intervals with both. Within Harper Lee's bildungsroman, To Kill A Mockingbird, Jem Finch recognized this as he and his younger sister, Scout, grew up in Maycomb, Alabama. As he matured over the years, Jem learned that the concepts of good and evil are complicated ideas that take on a variety of forms. Whether it be from the Radleys, Mrs. Dubose, or the trial of Tom…

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