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"To Kill a Mockingbird" is a novel of contrasts. DISCUSS! Refer to in your essay to at least three of characterisation, imagery, structure, symbolism. You may refer to any other appropriate features.

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Jason Henry 6DH2 "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a novel of contrasts. DISCUSS! Refer to in your essay to at least three of characterisation, imagery, structure, symbolism. You may refer to any other appropriate features. Harper Lee's tragic and dramatic novel, "To Kill a Mocking Bird", is one of many contrasts. This enlightening novel sees the stamina of one man pushed to the limit when fighting for justice against a prejudice and hypocritical town. These contrasts are illustrated through Lee's successful use of juxtaposition, in many key scenes, narration and most particularly characterisation. Foremost, characterisation is used throughout this prose to clearly demonstrate contrasts, immediately shown through the dehumanising description of Boo Radley within the first chapter, "...his head was like a skull..." This simile initially symbolising the children's fear and fright towards Boo. However, in contrast to this dehumanisation, Boo is re-humanised by Scout when she calls him "Mr. Arthur", thus highlighting the end of the division between Scout and Jem, and Boo. The portrayal of the Ewell family also aids to the contrasts of the novel. ...read more.


Within this scene Lee uses many contrasting ideas, from the basic fact that they are building a "snowman", but they put "Miss Maudies sunhat..." on it, which "glistened with snow crystals", thus making the snowman seem like a woman, furthermore, the juxtaposition used helps to emphasise the two opposing ideas of hot and cold. This scene with the snowman also, importantly, symbolises the majority smothering the minority. In order t build the snowman they required "five baskets of earth and two baskets of snow...", by building a snowman with a foundation of earth, this clearly illustrates how the black people of Maycomb keep the town supported, and the white people - the "snow" - are just there for the appearance, to make the town acceptable, in the 1930's, without the earth, there is no snowman - without the black people of Maycomb, there is no Maycomb. The marginalisation between black people and white people is further emphasised when the "Finch Negroes" are described as doing hard labour on the Finch property. This almost shocking statement clearly reveals how even the Finch family has slaves working for them, but in contrast to this, Atticus Finch defends Tom Robinson later on in the novel, therefore reinstating their position towards the top of the Maycomb hierarchy. ...read more.


For a black person to be considered inferior to a white person was common. When a white person defends a black person, no matter what the circumstances, they, and any acquaintances, are completely looked down upon by society. The slaves that work on Finches Landing are referred to as "Finch negroes", this almost seems ironic that Atticus will defend a black man, Tom Robinson, yet the Finch family have black men working for them as slaves. The whole ordeal with the trial and a white man defending a black man in Maycomb almost juxtapose each other and is an evident contrast within the social structure of Lee's epic novel. Overall, the excellently manipulated features used by Lee help to add to the understanding of the situation for Scout and many other characters at that particular time in their lives. The many contrasts, demonstrated through the use of narration; juxtaposition and symbolism; and most noticeably characterisation, add to the tension created before the trial of Tom Robinson and help us to get an understanding of the characters. ...read more.

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