In chapters 21 and 22 of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, several literary devices work together to enhance the drama of the trial. Here are two to add to your list.
Dramatic irony: Scout is exhilarated by the goings-on in the courthouse and then mystified by Calpurnia's scolding of Jem, who should know better than to allow Scout to be present for the entire trial. Additionally, Calpurnia, Atticus, and Aunt Alexandra are very frustrated to find out that the children have witnessed a very adult discussion of rape and other violent topics, until the point at which Atticus receives the note from Aunt Alexandra expressing concern over their absence from the home. The reader understands that the adults are horrified that a young child has been exposed to such atrocity, but Scout has no such understanding.
Suspense : Suspense is a literary device characterized by the experience of waiting. The courtroom is packed full of people waiting for the jury and their announcement. The descriptions of the...
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