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

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

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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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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The book is written from Scout's point of view. She retells everything that happens in Maycomb as well as the case that occurs and the situations the children find themselves in as they grow older. The book mainly revolves around Tom Robinson and how he was wrongly accused of rape and how Atticus attempts to defend him.  

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cockatoo41 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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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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