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From what point of view is To Kill a Mockingbird written?

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slucia | Honors

Posted November 3, 2011 at 9:50 AM via web

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From what point of view is To Kill a Mockingbird written?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 3, 2011 at 10:24 AM (Answer #1)

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Harper Lee chose to narrate To Kill a Mockingbird through the eyes of Scout Finch, the youngest character in the novel. It is written in first-person, but the unusual aspect of it is that the novel is told from both the youthful child's point-of-view as well as from her mature, adult perspective. This idea was initially scorned by some critics when the novel was first released; some apparently did not understand that the "adult prose" came from a future viewpoint. Lee's decision has since been reconsidered as highly innovative.  

Nick Aaron Ford asserted in PHYLON that Scout's narration "gives the most vivid, realistic, and delightful experiences of child's world ever presented by an American novelist, with the possible exception of Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn."

It also allows Scout to use her adult hindsight to explore many of the more serious themes of the novel, giving them a more astute view than a six year old could have managed.

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cockatoo41 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted November 12, 2011 at 8:26 AM (Answer #2)

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From the point of view of Scout Finch, a 6 year old girl whose brother is Jem and father is Atticus.

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