To Kill A Mockingbird Relationships

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All men die equal. What is then the issue about men living as equals?” In 1960, Harper Lee published a novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, which had the power to change the thought pattern of a whole generation. This novel continues to be effective in the dynamic 21st century, particularly because it incorporates thought provoking ideas within a shell of entertainment. This is achieved through the use of child narration, the Boo Radley subplot, and the development of the relationship between Scout and Jem. The use of Scout as a child narrator functions as both entertaining and thought provoking. By engaging with her funny ideas and conceptions about the way things work in life, and the sheer emphasis placed by Lee on the narrow-minded yet imaginatively…show more content…
The affection Jem displays to Scout and her corresponding admiration of Jem pleases the reader in terms of witnessing the brother-sister bond, and makes them look forward to witnessing more positive sibling interaction. For example, after Jem builds a snow man, Scout affectionately says “Its lovely, Jem. Looks almost like he’d talk to you,” a moment enriched with sisterly love and the unbreakable bond it entails. However, beyond the emotional component also lies thought provoking scenarios when we witness Jem and Scout with each other. Their common adventures and activities help unlock relatively inconspicuous issues of Maycomb society, oblivious to the two characters at that time. For example, when Jem builds the snowman initially out of mud, Scout says “I never heard of a nigger snowman before.” Jem reacts by adding an outer layer of snow to make the snowman white. This perceptively reveals that the blacks of the time weren’t acknowledged for their presence and contribution to society, but hidden behind the snow of white supremacy. As elucidated, Harper Lee has effectively made To Kill A Mockingbird a novel that is both mentally and emotionally exercising. This was achieved through the use of child narration by Scout, the Boo Radley subplot, and the developed relationship between Jem and Scout. We are given reason to appreciate that the use of emotion in conjunction with thought creates a whole new dimension of understanding, understanding that stretches into the world of
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