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Mrs dubose, mocking bird

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Year 10 coursework Explain what the Dubose episode contributes to the novel as a whole Through out 'To Kill a Mockingbird', The Mrs Dubose episode, featured in chapter eleven found at the end of part 1 of the novel, plays a huge part. Mrs Dubose is an elderly, Ill-tempered, racist woman who lived 'two doors up the street from the finches in a house with steep front steps and a dog-trot hall'. It seems as if, this chapter was included by Harper lee, to develop the finch family characters, mainly Jem. Throughout this episode, Jems character becomes more rounded and he develops from a little boy into a young man, this is apparent in the way in which he conducts himself and the way he reacts to certain situations, especially in those that concern Mrs Dubose. This section of the book also links and joins various themes that are presented to the reader throughout the novel, again rounding up the first half. ...read more.

Middle

In this chapter Jem also begins to understand what courage is. Harper lee uses Juxtaposition of the key events in this chapter to the key events in the previous to demonstrate this. In the previous chapter Jem shows that he can be courageous, in the episode of the mad dog incident, again this is where Harper lee starts to develop his character as a whole. This is juxtaposed by the way in which Mrs Dubose has shown such courage, by trying to conquer her morphine addiction, by keeping her self busy with the reading sessions that Jem had part taken in. After Mrs Dubose passes away, Atticus tells the children that they should respect such courage, as it was an admirable act carried out by an old, dying woman. This section also gives further insights in to the characters, for example; Jem, Scout and Atticus, it also shows how they develop in a well structured way. ...read more.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Mrs Dubose episode, featured in chapter eleven, is a significant part in 'To Kill a Mocking Bird'. This is a very well thought out, suitable climax to the first part of the novel. Lee uses it to prepare the readers for the prejudices against Tom Robinson, a black man, and the Finches during part two of the novel. However, she does it in a more sophisticated and subtle way, teaching you lessons that you aren't necessarily noticing. This chapter is used as a way to have rounded off the characters and their situations in time for the following events. Therefore, the Mrs Dubose essay plays a huge part on the rest of the novel; the way in which Harper lee has placed his development is highly skilled and well done. It certainly sets up the reader and makes you want to continue on to part two. ?? ?? ?? ?? Hannah Rees 10&x ...read more.

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