How Does Lee Create A Healthy Confusion In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“Confusion can actually be a good thing,” is a statement made by Tania Lombrozo. Confusion is one of the many writing techniques that Harper Lee, author of To Kill Mockingbird, illustrates throughout her novel. To Kill A Mockingbird is about a young girl, Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, whose views about others change year after year, especially after her father is put as the defense attorney for the most exhilarating trial in Maycomb, Alabama. She learns to see things from other people's perspectives, never give up, and that someone should never hurt anything that has not harmed them. Harper Lee uses pleasure and disquietude to depict the events throughout the novel and to create a “healthy confusion”.

One scene that Harper Lee portrays …show more content…

It is also pretty unusual that an eight year old girl is thinking something so complex. Most eight-year-olds would not be thinking they were “drying up” or “wondering what idiocy …show more content…

An example of pleasure is when Atticus walks out of the courthouse, Reverend Sykes says, “Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin’” (283). This is an example of pleasure because it gives the reader a sense of pride. Reverend Sykes tells Scout to stand up because everyone sitting in the balcony of the courtroom understands the amount of work that he has put into the trial, even if he was not close to winning it. The African-American community of Maycomb respects Atticus for doing his best with what he is given and for treating everyone with respect. Scout may not realize at first why she must stand up while her father is leaving, but since she is sitting with the community of African-Americans, she quickly realizes that it is a sign of respect, and it makes the audience feel proud. On the contrary, Mayella Ewell makes a remark that can lead the audience into thinking a variety of things, one of which is terrifying. While Tom Robinson is giving his testimony and explaining what happened while he was in the Ewell house, he states, “She says what her papa do to her don’t count,” (260). Someone could read this and think that her father is raping her, which is very alarming. Mayella is telling a story while saying a Negro raped her, while it might have actually been her father. This line creates a suspense to the reader and also gives them a sense of disgust if she

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