How does the tone and mood shift with the arrival of Aunt Alexandra in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird?
At the end of Chapter 11 in To Kill a Mockingbird, the moment Aunt Alexandra arrives to stay for a while, author Harper Lee uses several word choices to change both the tone and the mood of the story. The word choices convey that Lee disapproves of Aunt Alexandra's rigid and judgmental viewpoints just as much as the children. The word choices also paint the children's disappointment at seeing their aunt to set the gloomy mood her arrival brings.
Lee establishes her disapproving tone and gloomy mood in the very first sentence Scout uses to describe her unexpected sighting of Aunt Alexandra:
Enarmored, upright, uncompromising, Aunt Alexandra was sitting in a rocking chair exactly as if she had sat there every day of her life. (Ch. 11)
Three very important words Lee uses in Scout's narrative description of Aunt Alexandra are "enarmored," "upright," and "uncompromising."
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