In To Kill a Mockingbird, what type of narration is being used?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Harper Lee wrote the novel To Kill a Mockingbird using first person narration. As was mentioned in the previous post, Jean Louise "Scout" Finch narrates the story from a retrospective point of view. Jean Louise is older and remembers the events leading up to her brother's accident. After a short exposition, the story begins with the arrival of Scout and Jem's new playmate, Dill Harris. From there, Scout narrates the story from her point of view as a six-year-old tomboy. Throughout the novel, Scout gives the reader her perspective of events as she understood them when she was a child. Much of Scout's perspective throughout the story is naive and innocent. As the novel progresses, Scout learns important lessons and develops into a morally upright individual who has a deeper understanding of the world around her.

Susan Hurn eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Harper Lee wrote her novel in what is called the retrospective point of view. The story is told by Scout as an adult looking back to the summer that Dill showed up as their neighbor. From that point, she recounts the events that occurred until the story's conclusion. Therefore, the narrative is told in first person through Scout's eyes. We learn the story as she remembers it. Since Scout the grown up understands much more fully the events that happened when she was a child, as readers we are able to see them as Scout the little girl understood them, as well as what in reality they were. This adds much poignancy and drama to the novel, as well as much humor.

ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Harper Lee's  "To Kill A Mockingbird," the narration being used is First Person.  Scout Finch is an 11 year-old girl who lives in Macomb.  The setting is during the depression.  Scout tells the story of Jem, Atticus, Tom Robinson, and Boo Radley in her own voice.  She talks about the town of Macomb and all the people who live there.  The story is mostly centered around the trial of a black man and the under-current of prejudice in her small town.  It is about the loss of innocence and the maturation of Scout, Jem and Dill.  This was Ms. Lee's only novel, which is very sad because she is a wonderful writer and this is a great novel.

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