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What are examples of hyperbole in chapters 1–3 of To Kill a Mockingbird?  

Some examples of hyperbole in chapter 1–3 of To Kill A Mockingbird are Calpurnia's hand being "twice as hard" as bed slat, Boo Radley dining on live squirrels and cats, and Calpurnia telling Scout guests can dine on the tablecloth if they like but that Scout can't make rude comments about it.

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Another example of hyperbole comes in chapter 2, when Scout's new teacher, the out-of-her-depth Miss Caroline, gives her a good ticking off, telling her that she's "started off on the wrong foot in every way". This is a clear exaggeration, as Scout was only trying to be helpful to the new teacher. But because Miss Caroline is so incredibly insecure and out of her depth, she wrongly perceives Scout's helpfulness as impertinence.

Miss Caroline is also mightily miffed at Scout for her confession that she reads at home with her father. On the face of it, there doesn't seem anything wrong with this. Yet Miss Caroline regards Atticus's reading with Scout as somehow intruding on her prerogative as a teacher. But Scout had no idea that she was doing anything wrong, so to say that she's "started off on the wrong foot in every way" is a clear example of hyperbole, a total exaggeration.

Scout also indulges in a spot of hyperbole herself in the same chapter when she describes what happens at lunchtime....

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