In To kill a mockingbird, are their any traits of violence? from which character? and how?

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James Kelley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There's violence (depending on how you define it, of course) all over the place in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Some of violence is easily recognized, such as Bob Ewell's attack on (and attempt to kill) Scout and Jem or the lynch mob's planned murder of Tom Robinson. Other instances of violence are much more subtle, such as Jem's statement, at the end of chapter 1, that you can get a turtle to come out of its shell by lighting a match under it. Dill characterizes such treatment of a turtle as "hateful'; he uses the same word to talk about how the prosecuting attorney torments Tom Robinson on the witness stand.

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