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To kill a mockingbird - How does Harper Lee present childhood in Part I of the novel.

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How does Harper Lee present childhood in Part I of the novel? This essay is about how does the author Harper Lee present childhood in part I of the episodic novel "To Kill A Mockingbird". This novel has involved childhood by including what a normal child would do in their childhood. Harper Lee has used many methods to illustrates childhood in part I of the novel. For example, firstly she has involved the role of adults. "Hush your mouth! Don't matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house's yo'com'ny, and don't you let me catch you remakin' on their ways like you was so high and mighty!" ...read more.


As children do not have as much knowledge as an adult would have, therefore children would think that the world is ending when there is a fire or some other serious event occurs. Thirdly, the write always convey childhood as her retrospect to remind the reader that she is not a child any more but an adult. This can be shown by the way when she wrote as a narrator and the way she wrote as a child in the conversation. At the beginning of chapter 11 she reminds the reader that she's older now by saying, "When we were small...." We can interpret that the write wants the reader to understand that she is trying to present childhood. ...read more.


"When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow." This quote is taken from the first line of the first chapter. It is impossible for the reader to know the reason why Jem has broken his arm without reading it further and further. We can infer that the writer is trying to let the reader to find out the answer by reading the novel. In conclusion, she has used many different methods of showing childhood in the novel, one of the ways is to use anecdotal in a fragmented style to indicate childhood, such as the mad dog instance. The author shows that she uses her memories of childhood to tell the story. Also from the mad dog instance, she has reveals that the children have learnt their lesson from it. ...read more.

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