Metaphors In To Kill A Mockingbird

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A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a comparison is made between two unlike things that actually have something in common. The first person style of writing gives the novel a wonderful format in which to use imagery.  The novel To Kill A Mockingbirdis full of literary elements like metaphors and similes.  Harper Lee was a very image heavy author.  Her imagery makes one feel like they were truly going through the story with Scout, Jem, Aticus and the rest of the characters. Ms. Lee was once asked about her beautiful style of writing and whether or not she would ever write another novel.  She is quoted as saying that she said everything she had to say in To Kill A Mockingbird.

In the first chapter of To Kill A Mockingbird there is a statement make by Scout.  She says,

"Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it." pg 11

Later in the same chapter Jem tells Dill,

"Lord, what a name." "your name's longer than you are.  Bet it;s a foot longer."

Later in the same chapter one Scout describes Mr. Radley with a metaphor;

"He was a thin leathery with colorless eyes, so colorless they did not reflect light." (pg18)

At the end of the first chapter Scout describes the Radley house;

"The old house was the same, droopy and sick, but as we stared down the street we thought we saw an inside shutter move.  Flick. A tiny, almost invisible movement, and the house was still."

These are just a couple of the myriad of metaphors in the novel