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How does Harper Lee use humour in To Kill A Mockingbird?

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How does Harper Lee use humour in To Kill A Mockingbird? The author Harper Lee was born in Monroeville, Alabama, which may be the model for the fictional town of Maycomb where the story is set. She published the book in 1960 and has not written any more novels. She uses irony as one of her main types of humour. A sort of humour or light sarcasm, which adopts a mode of speech, means irony. It is a Witty language used to convey insults. In the book there are 3 main characters, they are Scout, Jem and Atticus. Scout is a young girl with an older brother named Jem. They both have a father, Atticus, who is a lawyer and works in the courthouse. At the start of the book the humour starts with Jem and the Radley place. ...read more.

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'See me afterwards' he said". Scout also mentions other childish comments later on when she starts to ask questions such as "What's a whore lady?". These questions you can tell give an amusing tone the book. Scout says other things, which to her she has no meaning of what she is talking about. For example the morphodite Incident. Scout calls Jem a 'Dammed morphodite' but for Scout she does not understand what she says which makes it amusing. Nearly half way through the book we find Dill in the Finches house and he has run away from his parents. Jem asks how he got here and Dill gives his answer in a fantasy detailed way, something that a child would do. 'How 'd you get here?' asked Jem. Harper Lee doesn't just use childish comments to makes the book amusing. ...read more.

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Would you say the Fiches have an incestuous streak?" Aunt Alexandra is saying that Miss Stephanie Crawford is being nosy and that she has inherited it from her family. But Atticus says that the Fiches have an incestuous streak. Meaning that the Finches also have hereditary. This shows that Harper Lee uses irony to make this amusing. Humour affects the readers mind in this book, which makes it interesting. Harper Lee puts humour into this book to criticise some of the events in Maycomb. It is one of the reasons that makes 'To Kill a Mockingbird' such an exceptional piece of writing. The way Harper Lee brings irony into effect is great and the way it combines with the story line is brilliant. Humour is what makes this book worth reading. By Lee Humphreys ...read more.

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