To Kill A Mockingbird Literary Terms Chart

In To Kill a Mockingbird, I need literary devices from Chapter 1 to Chapter 11.

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  1. Lee utilizes personification in chapter 1 by giving the town of Maycomb human attributes, such as the ability to be tired. Lee writes, "Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it" (6).
  2. Scout uses hyperbole in chapter 1 to describe the activities available in her small town by saying, "There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County" (Lee, 6).
  3. Scout uses personification to describe the appearance of metallic lunchboxes reflecting light on the ceiling by saying, "Molasses buckets appeared from nowhere, and the ceiling danced with metallic light" (Lee, 13).
  4. Scout utilizes an idiom at the end of chapter 2 by saying, "Saved by the bell. . ." (Lee, 15).
  5. Harper Lee demonstrates strong diction by stylistically choosing specific words that depict Walter speaking. Lee writes, "Almost died first year I come to school and et them pecans—folks say he pizened ‘em and put ’em over on the school side of the fence" (17).
  6. In chapter 4, Jem uses an idiom by saying, "In a pig’s ear you did, Dill. Hush" (Lee, 23).
  7. Scout utilizes an allusion in chapter 5 by saying, "Second Battle of the Marne," when describing Maudie's campaign against nut grass (Lee, 27).
  8. Jem uses a metonymy in chapter 6 by telling Dill, "Give you a hand" (Lee, 33).
  9. In chapter 7, Scout uses a metaphor that describes expanding one's perspective by saying, "I tried to climb into Jem’s skin and walk around in it" (Lee, 37).
  10. In chapter 8, Scout uses a hyperbole when she witnesses snow for the first time by saying, "The world’s endin‘, Atticus! Please do something—!" (Lee, 41).
  11. In chapter 8, Scout uses a simile to describe Miss Maudie's flaming home by saying, "Jem, it looks like a pumpkin—" (Lee, 45).
  12. In chapter 9, Atticus uses a common idiom while he is encouraging Scout to be tolerant. He says, "Don’t you let ‘em get your goat"  (Lee, 49).
  13. In chapter 10, Lee uses symbolism by associating mockingbirds with innocent beings. Atticus tells his children, "Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird" (Lee, 57).
  14. In chapter 11, Lee uses Mrs. Dubose's gift of a white camellia to symbolize friendship, peace, and hope in the future.
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  1. The first two paragraphs of the novel use foreshadowing to indicate events that will happen later. (Chapter 1)
  2. The mention of "General Jackson hadn't run Creeks up the creek" is an allusion to the former American President Andrew Jackson. It is also a pun. (Chapter 1)
  3. "Professional people were poor" is an example of alliteration. (Chapter 2)
  4. "She looked and smelled like a peppermint drop." This description of Miss Caroline contains a simile. (Chapter 2)
  5. "I'd soon's kill you as look at you." This remark by Little Chuck Little is a simile. (Chapter 3)
  6. There are allusions to the Dewey Decimal System and Time magazine. (Chapter 4)
  7. There is an allusion to Confederate General Joe Wheeler. (Chapter 5)
  8. When Jem whistles "bob-white"to imitiate the sound of a quail, it is an onomatopoeia. (Chapter 6)
  9. "The second grade was grim" is an example of personification. (Chapter 7)
  10. There are allusions to the Rosetta Stone and the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House. (Chapter 8)
  11. When Miss Maudie "whooped," it was an onomatopoeia. (Chapter 8)
  12. "Miss Maudie's sunhat was suspended in a thin layer of ice, like a fly in amber" is a simile. (Chapter 8)
  13. "Miss Rachel's cook's son" is an example of alliteration. (Chapter 9)
  14. "We could see him shiver like a horse shedding flies" is a simile that refers to the mad dog's actions. (Chapter 10)
  15. There is an allusion to Dixie Howell, the famous Alabama football player. (Chapter 11)
booboosmoosh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In chapter 11 of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus provides an example of a simile when he greets nasty Mrs. Dubose:

Good evening, Mrs. Dubose! You look like a picture this evening.

Comparing Mrs. Dubose to a picture (Atticus's compliment to the older woman) is saying that she looks beautiful—perhaps not in the sense of beauty as we know it, but in the sense that she is composed, posed in a manner that deserves being captured by an artist's (or photographer's) eye. Scout, of course, cannot imagine "a picture of what" that Atticus is referring to.

Another simile is found after Jem destroys Mrs. Dubose's camellia flowers. The kids return home and sulk around until Calurnia give Jem a biscuit with butter, which he shares with Scout.  She notes:

It tasted like cotton.

The biscuit, we can assume, is flavorless and dry in her mouth, much like cotton would be. The reader might assume that her reaction to something that sounds delicious may in fact have a great deal to do with Jem's crazy behavior that not only destroyed the flower garden, but also Scout's newly acquired baton—which Jem broke in half.

simplynicolex3 | Student

"The Governor was eager to scrape a few barnicles off the ship of state..." (Lee 115) metaphor

simplynicolex3 | Student

"The Governor was eager to scrape a few barnicles off the ship of state..." (Lee 115) metaphor

misscaella2001 | Student

What are 2 similes that were used in chapter 11 in the book called: To kill A Mockingjay

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