I need help writing my thesis on an assignment about "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.Here is what I must cover: When are Scout, Jem, Dill, and Walter most sharply drawn and believable;...

I need help writing my thesis on an assignment about "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.

Here is what I must cover:

When are Scout, Jem, Dill, and Walter most sharply drawn and believable; when are they the funniest? Is tom robinson a stereotype? How differently might he be drawn in a film today? Are the judge, sheriff, editor, and others believable? Which actors would you choose in each character's role today to make a believable film? ( I have to include all of these in a 5 paragraph essay)

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This task seems insurmountable for only a 5 paragraph essay; however, it may be tackled in a rather cursory manner. I One way in which you can unify all the characters to whom you have alluded, perhaps you can write a thesis that states that in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," verisimilitude is evidenced in the characters of the children, the members of the black community, and the officials of  Macomb, Alabama, a town representative of the Deep South in the 1930s.

Your 3 opinions that you will support in the body of this 5 paragraph essay thus categorize the characters as (1) the children, (2) members of the black community, and (3) the officials of the town.  So, the topic sentence for each paragraph will make a statement of how these characters in each category are realistic and believable.  Focus on the characterization techniques that Lee employs and provide examples of what Scout, Tom, etc. have done in order to support your topic sentences.

e.g. Repressed by the Jim Crow Laws of the times, Tom Robinson--a part for ______--**seems stereotypical of the "Uncle Tom" who obeys the whites no matter what.  Yet, his generous heart and warm nature force themselves upon him despite the taboos forced upon him by society and he feels sorry for Mayella and aids her.....(continue to explain);so, he, like the others of Lee's novel, is a realistic character.

Your conclusion will again tie the ideas of the 3 paragraphs together, and the ending sentence--the "clincher" as it is often referred to--can be a remark about how well Harper Lee truly captured the flavor of the South and its own realistic and inimitable characters.

For help on providing traits that are realistic about the characters, you need to cite lines/passages from the text.  For help on how to write about characters, see the "how-to" topics of enotes.  One on analyzing character is cited below:

** You may need to just insert an actor's name between dashes in order to have room to include this point since there is so much to support in the detailed sentences.

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