Direct characterization is a term used to describe when the a character says something specific about a character. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout is the narrator and does most of the direct characterization.
In Chapter 2, Scout describes her excitement about starting school soon. She tells about how she looked through a telescope at the schoolyard and wished to go join the children there. She sees Jem playing outside the school and envies the fun he is having. Scout is filled with longing:
I never looked forward more to anything in my life. Hours of wintertime had found me in the treehouse, looking over at the schoolyard, spying on multitudes of children through a two-power telescope Jem had given me, learning their games, following Jem's red jacket through wriggling circles of blind man's bluff, secretly sharing their misfortunes and minor victories. I longed to join them.
Scout finally starts school, but it is not what she expected it to be. In Chapter 4 , she describes her impression of school....
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