Discuss one element of style used in To Kill a Mockingbird.
For example, the use of Scout as narrator. Idenfify the element of style. Give us examples and explain how it is used in the story. What does Harper Lee achieve by using this effect?
Harper Lee's use of Scout's first-person narrative is probably the strongest stylistic example in To Kill a Mockingbird. Using the six-year old Scout as the narrator gives the entire story a simple, innocent outlook on many of the more serious situations; but by also having Scout tell her story from an adult perspective (apparently many years in the future), the author is also able to present aspects from a more mature outlook as well. The reader is presented a childlike view of the terrifying Boo Radley early in the story, but we are allowed to see the changing opinions about him as Scout grows older. Scout presents a matter-of-fact description of the Tom Robinson trial, but Lee is also able to use her adult perspective to create more symbolic aspects in the aftermath of the verdict. We are allowed to see Scout's reactions in both hindsight and present-day view; adult and childlike language are also possible. Although the adult Scout who retells the story remains unchanged, we are able to witness Scout, the child, progress and mature through the course of the novel.