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Narrative Perspective in To Kill a Mockingbird

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Narrative Perspective in To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird is narrated by Scout Finch. Scout, who narrates in the first person, is nearly six years old when the book starts. We know this because it is said in the book that ?When I was almost six?. The story, however, is recalled by the adult Scout, although it is from the point of view of child Scout, meaning there is two different perspectives throughout the novel. This allows her first-person narrative to contain adult language and vocabulary along with adult insights yet still maintain the innocent outlook of a child. The adult perspective also adds a measure of hindsight to the tale, allowing for a deeper examination of events. ...read more.


We, the reader, known more than Scout; this leads to us laughing at some of her mistakes and misunderstandings. For example, on Scout?s first day at school, she thinks Miss Caroline is going to spit on it and is confused because she does not know what deal they have made. At the time, spitting on a hand was a way of sealing a deal ? at least for children Scout?s age. We know that Scout is about to be ?whipped? and can see the humour in the fact that Scout us generally confused. This emphasises the naivety of the younger Scout, who is very innocent and is quite different from the older Scout. ...read more.


would be too young at the time to known their meaning, the use of ?harbour? is also an indicator for the older Scouts point of view. As mentioned, the older Scout had a deeper understanding of the words used, and how different contexts can change their meaning. While a young child, such as the younger Scout, would associate the words with ports and ships, there is another definition, of which it can also mean ?shelter?, ?hide?, ?conceal?, ?to keep or hold in mind?, ?to contain? and ?to hide?. Context can change a words meaning, and while the older Scout obviously understood the use of the word in that particular context, as demonstrated by it correct use, the younger Scout would most likely not understand it uses in that particular sentence. ...read more.

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