To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Discuss character development in Chapter 17 of To Kill a Mockingbird. Discuss the characters who are developed in ch 17, explain how they change, and explain why Harper Lee has changed them.

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Harper Lee develops the characters of Judge Taylor, Sheriff Tate, Bob Ewell, Atticus, and Scout in chapter 17. Judge Taylor, Sheriff Tate, and Bob Ewell are flat characters, and their behaviors are relatively predictable to the reader. Judge Taylor is depicted as an austere, fair judge who does his best to maintain an orderly court. Sheriff Tate does not stray from his character's description when he is portrayed as an honest, honorable man on the witness stand. Bob Ewell's character does not change either, and he is depicted as an ignorant, hostile man. Atticus is a round character, and Harper Lee highlights his intelligence and patience during his cross-examinations.

The only character who seems to change in chapter 17 is Scout. Scout's comments throughout the initial testimonies of Sheriff Tate and Bob Ewell illustrate her...

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