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How does Harper Lee present childhood inpart I of the novel?

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How Does Harper Lee present childhood in part I of the novel? To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a novel based on the injustice, racism and prejudice of America in the 1930's. Lee presents her story through the eyes of a child who's name is Scout who narrates her story throughout both parts of the novel. Harper Lee presents childhood; through the eyes of children and her style of writing and language used. Through the children, we can see how different childhood is in a diminutive town like Maycomb. Maycomb has very few children which means Maycomb has very little to offer to them which is why the children resort to using their imagination. ...read more.

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The adults are there to teach the children the right and wrongs in life, while they are at a vulnerable age. School portrays the childhood by the attitudes of different students. Firstly, the relationship between Jem and Scout at school represents that of any other brother and sister at the same school: 'Jem was careful to explain that during school hours I was not to bother him, approach him with requests to enact scenes of Tarzan or tag along with him.' This is an experience that comes with childhood, which might be why Harper Lee included it. Secondly, the education they have is one that most people have witnessed. ...read more.

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By having a lesson learnt within each chapter childhood is presented. The impression that is given is the way Scout and Jem have something to take away with them after each event, that it's from a child's mind-as there noticing these things as they grow up. The book has little anecdotes linked together throughout and that a child would remember such as key event. The style of writing helps Harper Lee present childhood throughout part I of To Kill A Mockingbird. In conclusion, through the characters, language, style and setting of the book, Harper Lee has managed to present childhood effectively. She has included the interests, relationships and influences blended together through the eyes of scout and how these events have affected Scout's opinions on things. Harper Lee presents childhood in many ways and devices but its through Scout's eyes were the real childhood perspectives are experienced. ...read more.

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