Connotative Language In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In the book “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee uses negative connotation and vivid symbolism to persuade that being judged by an outward appearance or backstory can affect a person negatively and make the judgers feel superior. Lee uses an outstanding amount of characters to persuade this but some distinctive characters that she uses is Aunt Alexandra and the Cunningham’s. Lee also uses the Ewells and Tom Robinson to persuade her meaning. In chapter twenty-three Scout asks Aunt Alexandra if she can play with Walter Cunningham but Aunt Alexandra declines the request and does not give Scout permission to play with Walter. She explains why plus starts to judge Walter. Aunt Alexandra briefly say’s; “I’ll tell you why.. Because-he-is-trash” (Lee 301). Aunt Alexandra uses negative connotative language to describe in short phrases, the type of…show more content…
Ewell takes a stand to defend Mayella in the courtroom when Atticus starts to realize that Mr. Ewell could’ve been guilty for Mayella’s rape. Atticus tries to prove that Mr. Ewell is guilty by intentionally asking Mayella questions, but Mayella refuses to prove that Mr. Ewell is guilty and responds to this saying “I got somethin’ to say an’ then I ain’t gonna say no more. That nigger yonder took advantage of me.. “ (Lee 251). This quote symbolizes the judgement that Mayella made on Tom Robinson to prove that he’s guilty. The Ewells try to prove that Tom is guilty by using racial profiling so they can look good in Maycomb and can still be accepted towards society. “To Kill a Mocking” by Harper Lee, uses negative connotative language, and symbolism to persuade her meaning. Lee also uses distinctive characters in order to persuade her meaning. She explains that Aunt Alexandra’s judgment affect the Cunningham’s and The Ewells judgement made Tom guilty. Lee’s uses these methods in order to persuade that being judged by an outward appearance or backstory can affect a person negatively and make the judgers feel
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