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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay- Question 1- Examine the effectiveness of Harper Lee's use of minor characters in To Kill a Mockingbird to explore some of the main concerns in the novel The focus of this essay is to examine the effectiveness of Harper Lee's use of minor characters in To Kill a Mockingbird to enable her to explore some of the main concerns in the novel. In the novel Harper Lee uses most of the minor characters to display the concerns in this text, for example courage, racism and prejudice. These matters are the main points of this essay. For each of these concerns there are a number of characters and events that show them. When Boo Radley came out of hiding after fifteen years of being locked up is an example which illustrates courage. He did not just only come out of hiding he came to rescue and protect Jem and Scout when they were attacked by Mr. Bob Ewell. Harper Lee grew up in Monroeville, a town similar to Maycomb which is the setting of the novel. During her childhood, when she was about the same age as Scout, there was trial similar to the one in the novel. ...read more.


comes out of his house. This is a courageous thing to do on its own but not only does he come out of hiding, he comes out to save Jem and Scout on several occasions. The first was when the three children went to investigate the Radley house and Jem lost his trousers. When he returned to the Radley house for is trousers he found them stitched up and neatly on the fence. The second time was when Mrs Maudie Atkinson's house burnt down and Boo secretly came behind Scout and put a blanket over her. The third time, and probably the most memorable, is when Boo came to rescue Jem and Scout when they were attacked by Bob Ewell. Also, he knows that there are rumours about him in the town saying he is a bad person and he is some sort of monster, but nevertheless he comes out to show he is just a normal human being. Both Mrs. Dubose and Boo (Arthur) Radley show how minor characters have been used to display courage. When Aunt Alexandra is introduced into the novel Harper Lee gives a clear idea of what she is like. ...read more.


You would expect the black people to rebel and fight with the white people so that they are treated in the same way. Instead they have gotten used to the fact that white people will always be more advantaged than them. This can also be seen in the novel at Tom Robinson's trial. The seating arrangement is as such that the white people do not have to look at the black people. The white people sit near the front and are the majority of the courtroom. The black people sit on a balcony situated at the back of the courtroom. None of the black people complain about where they have to sit. I think that Harper Lee has used minor characters to explore some of the main concerns in the novel very well. You are able to see what the main concerns are by making links from symbolism and other things. In this essay I have mentioned prejudice, courage and racism. After reading the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, we watched the film. After watching the film I would have to say that the book gives a more detailed account of the story than the film. The film misses out important parts of the story and sometimes does not mention some of the characters like Aunt Alexandra who was a main character in the novel. Page 1 of 5 ...read more.

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