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In To Kill a Mockingbird, the author uses the allusion Ivanhoe. What insight or effect...

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fzk10624 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 21, 2009 at 11:15 AM via web

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, the author uses the allusion Ivanhoe. What insight or effect was created by the author?

Why did the author choose this allusion?

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scottgill | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 21, 2009 at 11:59 AM (Answer #1)

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Because Jem had destroyed Mrs. Dubose's flowers, his father forced him to go to her and do whatever chores she asked. She wanted Jem to read to her, particularly Ivanhoe. Ivanhoe is about a disinherited knight who goes away to fight in the Crusades and returns (in disguise) to fight bravely in a tournament. His courage is recognized and he is accepted once again by the people. Mrs. Dubose was a morphine addict and wanted to be rid of the shame. Like Ivanhoe, she acted courageously and fought to be free.

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