Allusions In To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses allusions to help the reader to understand the setting, and irony to show character and develop theme. Prejudice, in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, is described as the “simple hell people give other people without even thinking”, and the novel powerfully portrays examples of racial and social prejudice. Body Paragraph #1: Harper Lee uses allusions to help the reader better understand the setting to better understand the book and it’s many themes. A part of a quote from chapter one states, “disturbance between the North and South”. This refers to the Civil War in 1861-1865, which gives the reader an estimated time period of which the book took place in, also relating to the segregation. The full quote says, "Simon would have regarded with impotent fury the disturbance between the North and the South, as it left his descendants stripped of everything but their land…” (Pg. 4) This allusion helps you understand why Maycomb treats the black people the way they do. During the civil war, the North wanted to abolish slavery while the South, which the story takes place in, doesn 't want to treat the black people like people, after having them as slaves for so long. Thus the reason for their mistreatment. Another quote from the book reads, “None, Miss Gates, it says here-well anyway, old Adolf Hitler has been after the Jews and…show more content…
One quote says, “Now you tell your father not to teach you anymore. It’s best to begin reading with a fresh mind. You tell him I’ll take over from here and try to undo the damage-Your father does not know how to teach.” -Miss Caroline Fisher (23 Lee). The dramatic irony in the book reveals information about Scout 's situation of which she is not aware. The reader is informed of what Scout does or does not know. This depicts characteristics about her

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