Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is told from the point of view of Scout, an adult who narrates in retrospect during the time of the narrative.
This interesting mix of adult and child in Scout as narrator contributes greatly to the narrative as a bildungsroman, or a novel of maturation. While the ingenuous Scout describes the events of the story in such a manner that the reader receives a non-judgmental commentary and can follow the maturation of the main character, the adult Scout can insert herself into the narrative when needed for explanation.
Such an occasion for this injection of the adult perspective occurs when Scout first attends school and her teacher Miss Caroline seems different from other teachers. The adult Scout inserts herself into the narrative, explaining that Miss Caroline is from Winston County in northern Alabama, a county to this day that is viewed with negativity by many residents of Alabama because it was disloyal to the state during the Civil War by being sympathetic to the North. Scout even adds commentary on how this county is more like a Northern state:
North Alabama was full of Liquor Interests, Big Mules, steel companies, Republicans, professors, and other persons of no background. (Ch. 2)
The use of Scout-the-child and Scout-the-adult as narrator enriches the narrative of To Kill a Mockingbird, making the novel appealing to both young and old.