What are examples of parallelism found in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird? What are the page numbers?
Parallelism, the use of identical or very similar structures, can be applied at various levels from phrases through paragraphs. Harper Lee uses parallel structures frequently. As the book is narrated in the first person, Scout often uses parallel phrases or sentences to reveal a set of thoughts.
In Chapter 3, parallel structure appears within Scout’s thoughts about Calpurnia when she is trying to find out One day when she kisses the girl before sending her to play outside, Scout finds herself wondering about their housekeeper’s odd behavior.
She had wanted to make up with me…. She had always been too hard on me, she had … seen the error of her fractious ways, she was sorry and too stubborn to say so.
In this instance, Lee uses the past perfect tense (“she had wanted”) until the last instance, where the slight variation of the simple past tense (“she was”) helps signal the end of the string of similar clauses.
In Chapter 26 , when Scout is in school one day, she provides a list of...
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