What does the author gain by chosing a 10 year-old Scout's perspective in difference incidents?

rhetoricfreak | Student

By choosing a 10 year-old's perspective, readers are much more able to accept Scout's perspective of the story's events as unbiased, innocent, or untainted.  Unfortunately, this also means such events can severely influence her worldview if not guided with a moral authority, in Scout's case this would be Atticus.  The 10 year-old's perspective also invites the reader to be critical in the manner of seeing our American judicial system as susceptible to a community's paradigm- leaving readers to decide for themselves whether such systems are just or fair. Readers must also consider the fact that though much of the story is supposedly seen through the eyes of a 10 year-old, it is also narrated by the same character reflecting back to her childhood as an adult, giving readers an added layer of both seeing events with the innocence of a 10 year-old AND with the unfortunate understanding of an adult.


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To Kill a Mockingbird

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