Where are each of the five senses addressed/appealed to in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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The five senses--sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste--are the foundations upon which all good imagery is built. Authors like Harper Lee use them usually during descriptions of different settings and characters, but they can also be found in dialogue as people experience new and exciting things. Such is the case in this story as Lee describes life through a little girl's eyes.

Sight - One of the biggest mysteries in the novel is who lives in the decrepit old house in the neighborhood. Lee paints a great picture in the following passage:

"The house was low, was once white with a deep front porch and green shutters, but had long ago darkened to the color of the slate-gray yard around it. Rain-rotted shingles drooped over the eaves of the veranda; oak trees kept the sun away . . . [and] johnson grass and rabbit-tobacco grew in abundance" (8).

Notice the mix of colors and other specific adjectives used to describe different pieces of the lot. This is a perfect visual!

Sound - Speaking of the Radley...

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