How Does Lee Present Scout's Childhood In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“The innocence of children is what makes them stand out, as a shining example to the rest of mankind” - Kurt Chambers. Likewise, In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee, the narrator Jean Louise Finch, formerly known as “Scout’’ narrates her childhood experiences in an innocent kid's perspective. She begins retelling the story from the age of five and as a result the narrative voice used in the story is very naive. As Scout sees the injustices in her community occur, she uses the limited amount of knowledge she has of the world, her life experiences and her father's teachings/morals to fill in the blanks and try to understand the events that are taking place.It is evident that Scout is at too young of an age to fully comprehend racism and it’s impact on society. Though Scout is intelligent enough to see the cruelness of people and is confident enough to defend herself and…show more content…
This was because of all the deranged stories and rumors she had heard about him. For instance she was told that Boo Radley had stabbed his father in the knee with a scissor when he was just a child. Upon hearing all these tales Scout began to use her own imagination to figure out what Boo Radley looked like in person. "Every night-sound I heard from my cot on the back porch was magnified threefold; every scratch of feet on gravel was Boo Radley seeking revenge, every passing Negro laughing in the night was Boo Radley loose and after us; insects splashing against the screen were Boo Radley’s insane fingers picking the wire to pieces; the chinaberry trees were malignant, hovering, alive”.(Lee). This specific quote makes it clear that Scout, like numerous other children, has an imagination beyond that of an adult. Scout imagines Boo Radley with insanely large fingers which may not be what a mature person would think. Harper Lee effectively shows Scout’s young tone of voice in
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