Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is filled with literary devices throughout.
Lee uses idioms to begin chapter 23 when Miss Stephanie relates the story of Bob Ewell spitting at Atticus. She says that Atticus “didn’t bat an eye” when it happened. The expression means he stayed calm and did not betray his true emotions to Bob. Stephanie also says Bob called Atticus names “wild horses” could not make her repeat. She means she is determined not to say such terrible words, and nothing or no one could force her to do so. Such idiomatic expressions add to the colloquial tone of the book.
Lee also places snippets of imagery in between dialogue. For instance, a well-placed comment about Scout’s “pink Sunday dress, shoes, and a petticoat” tells the reader that Scout is growing up. She has placed aside her continuous fight about wearing comfortable clothes and is attempting to behave the way her aunt says little girls should.
An extended simile is used in chapter 24 when Lee writes that...
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