• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

To Kill A Mocking Bird

Extracts from this document...

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.

Middle

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Harper Lee section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Harper Lee essays

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird Full Summary

    Tom starts to leave, but she asks him to take a box down for her on top of another chiffarobe. As he reached, she grabbed him around his legs. Tom was so startled he overturned a chair. Next she hugged him round the waist and kissed his cheek, saying that

  2. What different views of family life are we shown in "to kill a mocking ...

    Atticus returned to Maycomb to practice law and help his brother, Jack, through medical school. About Atticus, Scout relates, "He liked Maycomb, he was Maycomb County born and bred; he knew his people, and they knew him, and because of [his father's] industry, Atticus was related by blood or marriage

  1. To Kill A Mocking Bird : Harper Lee - A chapter analysis.

    'Jean Louis, I've had about enough of you this morning,' she said. 'You're starting out on the wrong foot in every way, my dear" (28). She pats Scout's hands with a ruler and sends Scout to stand in the corner.

  2. To kill a mocking bird - Chapter 14 Summary onwards.

    Atticus still seems unperturbed. Suddenly Scout runs out into the circle, but is taken aback when she realizes that these men are strangers to her. Atticus orders the children to go home, but Jem refuses. One man picks up Jem by the collar, and Scout kicks the man in the groin.

  1. What do we learn about the Maycomb society in "To Kill A Mocking Bird"?

    'There's four kind of folks in the world. There's the ordinary kind like us and the neighbors, there's the kind like the Cunninghams out in the woods, the kind like the Ewells down at the damp and the Negroes' (Jem, ch.23), the quote reference here sums up my comment and

  2. To Kill A Mocking Bird' and Silas Marner' are stories with a moral. ...

    Scout's father Atticus who is a lawyer takes on a case to defend a black man who has been accused of raping a white girl. Scout does not fully understand her father's case but gets angry when children taunt and tease her about having a 'nigger-lover' as a father.

  1. Prejudice in To Kill a Mocking Bird

    There is also gender prejudice in 'To Kill a Mocking Bird�, for example Scout has to wear a dress to school and has to be accompany the ladies of Maycomb for their weekly gathering. However, Jem does not have to accompany them.

  2. What do we learn about Maycomb society in To kill a mocking bird?

    The fact that ?men?s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning? also emphasizes the hopelessness spread around the society. There are also descriptions of inhabitants ?ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o?clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frosting of swear and sweet talcum.?, the ?soft

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work