To Kill a Mockingbird Annotations
Harper Lee informed the reader at the beginning of To Eliminate a Mockingbird, that the story was a flashback of the past 3 years in Scout Finch’s life. On page 3, Harper Lee wrote, “When sufficient years had passed to allow us to reflect on them …” The quote is an introductory sentence to the narrator’s flashback. This quote from the story tells the reader the narrator is informing us about crucial past accounts from her life. The quote was needed in Harper Lee’s writing, so the reader could comprehend Harper Lee was carrying out a flashback at the start of the story.
After the reader comprehended the story was a flashback, it brought an inquisitive, curious state of mind to the story. The flashback makes the reader thinking about finding out the drastic events which may have happened in the narrator’s life. Maycomb, Alabama was explained to the reader as a town with average, lazy people. In order to even more enhance this understanding for the reader, Harper Lee, composed a simile on page 6, “Ladies bathed prior to noon, after their three-o’clock naps, and by nightfall resembled soft teacakes with icings of sweat and sweet talcum.” The simile was used to reveal vivid imagery to the reader.
It gave the reader a feel for how Maycomb (the setting) feels in the story, so the reader might picture the setting. Not just does the quote help the reader comprehend how Maycomb, Alabama feels, it also helps them comprehend the different type of individuals who live in the town. The reader can understand the nature of homeowners living in Maycomb and their personality. Harper Lee used a simile on page seven in order to explain Calpurnia in the story. She composed, “… her hand was large as a bed slat and two times as difficult.” Harper Lee composed this sentence in order to add images to the story.
The simile makes it possible for the reader to picture the physical appearance of Calpurnia. The quote helps the reader comprehend how Scout views Calpurnia at the beginning of a story. Scout dislikes Calpurnia for being so terrible to her and sees her as a force of nature that she argues with to frequently. Harper Lee used the quote so she might describe Calpurnia as a “beast” to the reader. The sentence provided readers an ire view towards Calpurnia since of Lee’s extreme description of her. The author attempts to establish Jem, the older child of Atticus, as a courteous yet entertaining kid.
Harper Lee provides a hint of this on page eleven when she wrote, “… Mr. Radley made his living-Jem stated he “purchased cotton” a courteous term for doing nothing-…” The author utilized euphemism in this sentence when she made the unpleasant reality seem less severe. Not only did Lee make Jem’s character appear nicer, it likewise brought a downhearted view on the Radley’s. The sentence showed the Radley family was looked down upon by society and not appreciated at all. In chapter one, Harper Lee attempts to introduce and develop characters along with the exposition. The author tries to put a negative view on Mrs.
Dubose when she wrote, “Mrs. Dubose was plain hell” on page 7. The author used a metaphor here in order to reveal the similar personalities in between Mrs. Dubose and “hell”. The metaphor was utilized to establish the readers understanding of Mrs. Dubose’s character and the narrator’s. Harper Lee wanted the reader to understand the storyteller’s hatred felt towards Mrs. Dubose. The sentence provided the reader an infuriated mood because many individuals in Maycomb were being unreasonable to Search. Throughout chapter one, it talks about Scout’s lots of enemies, like Calpurnia, Mrs. Dubose, and the Radley’s.