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In To Kill a Mockingbird, who is a round character?

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A round character is one, as the name implies, whom we can walk around and see from different angles, as if he or she is a real person. A round character expresses their themselves so that we know what such a character is thinking and feeling. A round character, like a person, is a mixture of complex shadings, with both strong and weak points.

A flat character, in contrast, is based on a type and is not fully articulated or developed. Flat characters seem two-dimensional, like a cardboard cutout of a person, and we often don't learn much, if anything, about what they are thinking or what motivates them.

Part of the the strength of To Kill A Mockingbird is the number of round characters in the novel. In addition to Scout and Jem , Calpurnia becomes a rounded character as we see her in own setting in First Purchase Church, and Scout experiences a side of her housekeeper that she has never seen. Scout begins to understand how Calpurnia functions differently in two different cultures, even to the...

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