To Kill A Mockingbird Rhetorical Analysis Essay

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The excerpt under analysis is taken from the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. It gives a deep insight into human society and into the nature of every individual. The author brings to light the theme of moral nature of the human beings – that is whether they are good and merciful or cruel and evil. It also deals with the problems of racial prejudices, inequality and discrimination. Atticus Finch, the principal character of the novel, becomes a fighter for justice and truth. He possesses such traits as being principled, determined, honest and courageous; and what's more, he's a teacher to others. Actually, Atticus becomes the mouthpiece of the author. Yet, regardless of the strength of his character and his good intentions, Atticus is too small to win this fight. Moreover, one man – no man. As the passage unfolds, the reader’s attention is drawn to Atticus, to be more exact, to his speech and to the way he delivers it. The atmosphere of the passage is extremely tense and emotional. Such tone is achieved by polysyndeton on the syntactical level, which creates an increasing tention (e.g. “He walked slowly p and down in front of the jury, and the jury…show more content…
Atticus characterizes Tom R. from different points of view, using bright epithets: quiet, respectable, humble. He proves the fact that the Negro is not worse and in some way even better than many of white people. He expresses his idea using anaphora: “some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around the women - black or white. Atticus understands that, rather than being simply creatures of good or creatures of evil, most people have both good and bad qualities. The important thing is to appreciate the good qualities and understand the bad qualities by treating others with
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