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

To Kill A Mockingbird

Extracts from this document...


Commentary writing on To Kill a Mocking Bird In the book "To Kill a Mocking Bird", the author depicts Scout as a brave, innocent, boyish and yet intelligent young girl. These characteristics of little Scout is demonstrated through her various speeches, her actions and her thoughts throughout the story. As a narrator of the whole novel, Scout reflects on every single happening in her life and shares her own opinions about the people and events around her with the readers. It is from these reflections and opinions of Scout, that the readers are able to conclude of Scout's true nature and personality. There are many examples shown in the book, where Scout is displayed as a young brave girl, compared to all the other kids at her age. One example is the scene where Scout bravely speaks up to the teacher to help the poor boy in her class who did not bring lunch with him. "I turned around and saw most of the town people and the entire bus delegation looking at me. ...read more.


"Scout," Atticus says. "You aren't old enough to understand some things yet, but there's been some high talk around town to the effect that I shouldn't be defending this man." "If you shouldn't be defending him, then why are you doin' it?" Scout inquires. Scout is displayed as an innocent child in this scene, where she continuously asks Atticus about why he was doing something that everyone else disapproved of. Although Atticus tries to simplify his situation and explain to Scout of the complicated reasons, Scout's innocence and purity makes it hard for her to completely understand Atticus's words. Scout has always been outgoing with boys, and constantly displays a boy's personality as she plays around the neighborhood with her brother Jem and friend Dill. Unlike a stereotypical young girl, calm and quiet, she likes to run about and act like a wild energetic boy. One example is when she bullies Walt Cunningham in school for her own pleasure, she uses physical strength to fight against the poor and weak boy. "Catching Walter Cunningham in the schoolyard gave me some pleasure, but when I was rubbing his nose in the dirt, Jem came by and told me to stop." ...read more.


As displayed in the book, the readers not only can see that the teacher was mentally surprised at Scout's ability to read, which shows that she is different from other kids in the classroom, but also Scout's true intelligence and cleverness. The scene continues on with Scout explaining to the readers how she was naturally born with the gift. "I never deliberately learned to read, but somehow i had been wallowing illicitly in the daily papers. Reading was something that just came to me, as learning to fasten the seat of my union suit without looking around." From these reflections of Scout's, the readers eventually understand more of Scout's uniqueness and speciality with her gifted intelligence. Scout as the narrator of this novel is presented as an extremely complicated character, with so many different characteristics to her personality. However in the first half of the book, Scout is mainly shown as a brave, innocent, boyish and intelligent child. There are numerous scenes in the story where Scout displays either of these features, that readers are easily able to discover all of these qualities of young Scout Finch. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages 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 International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. IB English - To Kill a Mockingbird (journal responses)

    Lee, was trying to portray. As I continued on, I came across some profanity; however, it did not shock me in any particular way because the novel was written back in the 1940s and much has changed since then. From meeting Scout in the novel, I was reminded of my grade nine year spent at Killarney.

  2. Commentary in an extract from the book "Brave New World" by Aldeous huxley

    Hence, books in this passage allow the reader to know more of Mustapha's character, a very relevant purpose. Conclusion I must say that Huxley has indeed many techniques applied to his text "Brave New World". As a result his scripts are very understandable, creative, original, and realistic to the reader.

  1. Hamlet ACT I Scene I:1

    ultimately thanks fit for a king implying the promise of wealth, fame, stature. "I have found the very cause of Hamlet's lunacy" (pg 34). Gertrude replies that "his father's death and our o'erhasty marriage" caused his madness (pg. 35). Voltimand and Cornelius report that the King of Norway thought that

  2. To Kill a Mocking Bird

    He worked in an office, not in a drugstore. Atticus did not drive a dump truck for the county, he was not the sheriff, he did not farm, work in a garage, or do anything that could possibly arouse the admiration of anyone. Besides that, he wore glasses." From the above description, we can tell that Jem and Scout were judging Atticus with their measures for an admirable person.

  1. Maturation in How to Kill a Mockingbird

    However, Jem clearly realizing that Atticus is not proud about his history, prevents Scout from saying anything. Also, when they find that out that the tree that Boo Radley fills with goodies for them gets occupied with cement, the kids become disappointed.

  2. History research - Early Australian bushrangers. English writing -my region and favourite authors.

    This woke all of the animals and plants, who then followed the Rainbow Serpent across the land. Stories of the stars and sky To the peoples of the Torres Strait Islands, the Tagai, or warrior, features in most of their dreamtime stories.

  1. Response to text. terror attack 26/11

    Clearly the letter is addressed to a terrorist, but since she writes this letter to "the side of the border where cowardice celebrates". This leads the reader to believe that she generalises the whole of Pakistan to be terrorists. This generalisation is often made by Indians based on the history between India and Pakistan and their previous acts of terrorism.

  2. Historical Vietnam Events

    san tu chi�u h�y c�n l�ng mang tuoi roi r�i...Nhung kh�ng ai tra duoc gi� d� mua v� b� n�i ...th�ch cao qu� v� ban h�ng nghi l� chac b� d�nh cho nguoi quen hay sao m� tr�ng b� cu ng� quanh ng� qu�t nhu mong ng�ng ai.

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