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To Kill A Mocking Bird

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Introduction

What does the reader learn about Maycomb society in part one of To Kill a Mockingbird Comment on two narrative techniques which Lee uses to communicate this idea The reader learns some important things about Maycomb Society which are relevant later on in the novel during the court case. In the very first chapter of the novel we learn that everyone in the town knows about everyone else's business. Nearly the whole town gossip, we learn this when Scout is describing the Radley house and the Radley family. She tells us about lives there, what Mr Radley does for a living and the history of Boo Radley. She then goes on to tell us that Jem received this information from Miss Stephanie Crawford, "a neighbourhood scold" who claims she knew the whole thing. ...read more.

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I like the way Lee brings in different family's characteristics into the book. She subtly brings them in and instead of writing the characteristics into a paragraph she brings the topic into the conversation and recalls and occasion involving the Cunningham's and Atticus, this make it more interesting to read. Maycomb is described as "an old town" and a tired town. It is an isolated town which means that it is not very modern. Scout tells us that there is still a caste system in Maycomb. New people do not come to Maycomb often which means that new ideas might not arrive in Maycomb until some time later and even then they might not be accepted because the community are all old and from what Scout tells us there are not many young adults in the town, ...read more.

Conclusion

We find out that Calpurnia is black on page 18. "for Calpurnia rarely commented on the ways of white people." This shows that the children are aware that Calpurnia is black but maybe because they are children they do not really mind this difference. Lee tricks the reader and keeps the reader in suspense by not telling the reader that Calpurnia is black. When I found out that she was black I was surprised because she is treated as an equal. I like the narrative techniques that Lee uses, she makes the storyline interesting by subtly putting in ideas. Other ideas she puts plainly, I think this is a good technique especially with Calpurnia's character where she suddenly surprises you by telling you that Calpurnia is black. ?? ?? ?? ?? Annam Ahmad 11PAD ...read more.

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