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Posted October 15, 2013 at 10:44 PM via web

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What can the reader expect to learn from the narrative point of view provided in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Posted October 16, 2013 at 12:02 AM (Answer #1)

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The narrator of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is Jean Louise Finch, or Scout. She is five years old when her story begins. Given that the story is told from the point of view of a young girl, the narration is very limited (given Scout's age and gender). She fails to understand why some adults act and speak as they do. Scout's main concerns are playing and her family. She refuses to be the proper little girl Alexandra Finch Hancock (her aunt) wishes her to be. The story gives readers an honest look at both her childhood and the things which happen around her. 

Scout's failure to filter her thoughts, prior to her speaking them, illustrates precisely how some children act. Lee's child narrator illustrates for readers the reality of questioning life, the reality of growing up, and the reality of "bad people" simply existing in the world. Therefore, readers can expect to learn about how the world looks from the point of view of a young girl who is struggling with being a girl, being young, and the concept of prejudice. 

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