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In this essay I will be discussing and describing how Harper Lee presents the themes of Childhood and Education in this novel of "To Kill A Mocking Bird".

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ENGLISH MOCKING BIRD ESSAY 14TH October 2002 After reading the first few chapters describe HOW Lee presents the themes of Childhood and Education. * In concluding paragraphs of this essay- using the clues in narrative speculate of how these themes might be developed in the novel. In this essay I will be discussing and describing how Harper Lee presents the themes of Childhood and Education in this novel of "To Kill A Mocking Bird". After I have done this I will be speculating on how both these themes might be developed in this novel. Harper Lee presents childhood and education in many ways. The most obvious way of how she both these themes are by writing this novel in a child's point of view, she uses her own experience of childhood and she interprets this into the story by writing about her experiences of childhood and education as a child growing up in the south where the story is set. Her presentation of childhood is made by showing the imagination that a child goes through at the ages where they are still learning the values and facts of life. This particular element in the story is used a lot during the beginning of the story while they are still young; the gothic imagination that Scout, Jem and Dill have show their fear, curiosity and excitement that they have about Maycomb and about the Radley House including its occupants. ...read more.

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Harper Lee presents education in a number of ways. Learning discipline is one way of how she presents this theme; this is also linked with childhood as when you are a child you are taught how to behave by people at home and by people at school. Discipline is taught to every child from the day they are first brought into the world. Scout is also disciplined in school by her teacher when she gets punished, "Miss Caroline picked up her ruler, gave me half a dozen pats, then told me to stand in the corner." Another thing that is linked with childhood in the way Lee has presented education is the relationship that a child had with her teacher, during chapter two the teacher learns more from the children. Miss Caroline learns about the types of stereotypes that people are in. in the town of Maycomb. Harper Lee has shown us that education is very important to some people in the town. It is like today, the majority of people in this world put education as a priority while some people also known as truants don't. The truants that Lee tells us about in this story are the Ewell's. The author also presents education by telling us about the limitations of the teacher Miss Caroline; she doesn't seem to like the fact that most of the children in the class are more intelligent than she thought. ...read more.

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I think this because as you grow up you never know what might happen- one day your interested in one thing and then the next day you don't find it interesting anymore. One more way in which childhood could be developed during the novel is that the bond that the Finch's and people close to them could become stronger. As I have an idea of the story I think that the bond could become closer by events that might happen such as the case to do with Tom Robinson allegedly raping one of the Ewell's girls. The theme of Education could be developed in this novel by Scout learning a lot of lessons and facts of life while growing up. One way of which this might happen is using the topic of prejudice and discrimination, the children could be learning more about the racial tension and abuse that the black people went through in the town. As you read the story Scout actually learns this when she goes out to Calpurnia's church with Calpurnia and Jem. A black woman called Lula doesn't like the fact that Calpurinia brought Jem and Scout to their church because they are white. Also they could also be learning more about the law and justice of the way people around them live such as the Ewell's, the Cunningham's and even the Radley's. Finally both these themes could be developed in this story by showing and telling the reader that education and childhood are important in this novel as mush as it is in today's modern society. ...read more.

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