To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Why did Harper Lee end her novel the way she did? Why did Harper Lee end her novel the way she did?

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I think the film version of the story visually frames the end of the book in the most appropriately poetic way it could have been done by Harper Lee's ending.  The final scene takes what is otherwise a story made up of a series of memories and flashbacks, and ties them together through the adult Scout's eyes.  For the first time, the entire neighborhood, and all of the inhabitants, are scene as parts of a whole.  Everyone has a purpose, and everyone's role is shown as important in the society in which Scout grew up (and perhaps important to Scout's development more than anything).

I love that the trial scene is not in fact the climax of the book.  I love the opening and closing of the novel around the most unlikely character of all, Boo Radley.  I love that "mockingbird" in the end, is not just Tom Robinson.

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I think there are a number of transformations that the ending of the story highlights. Firstly, Jem and Scout have been transformed from being young and innocent to worldly and...

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