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by Harper Lee

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In To Kill A Mockingbird, hows does Harper Lee create and sustain in Chapter 17 and 18?

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This is a bit of a challenge to answer as you have left out a key part of your question - create and sustain what, exactly? However, as you are possibly referring to suspense or dramatic tension, here are a few ideas.

Chapters 17 and 18 are all about the trial and the testimony that is being given. I chapter 17, the prosecuting attorney, Gilmore, is questioning the sheriff, Heck Tate, who paints for us a picture of what he found when he arrived at the Ewel residence on the day in question. We are given an image that we should, as readers, begin to connect with and feel pity for Mayella as a broken and abused woman who may have just been raped and already lives in less than ideal conditions. However, as Atticus begins to cross-examine him, we learn that she did not see a doctor (uncommon in a rape case today, but less uncommon then) as well as...

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