How Does Lee Use Lies To Bend The Truth In To Kill A Mockingbird

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A cover never does a book justice. It can either be very misleading to the reader or portray a differing feeling that he or she might expect. This is thoroughly present throughout Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Actuality differs what one sees when situations are changed, hidden, or revealed in another aspect. The full understanding of this process is found in Scout Finch’s narration of the novel when events unfold into their actual form. Things are not always what they appear to be, for reality often seems to bend around certain circumstances. To commence, one thing that appears to contrast actual reality in both the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the present time is the use of lies to bend the truth.This is formally shown in the trial case of Robinson versus Ewell when Atticus is questioning Mayella Ewell on the events that brought about the trial. Atticus questions, “do you remember him beating you about the face? Mayella was silent… ‘No, I don 't recollect if he hit me. I mean yes I do, he hit me’ ” (Lee 185). The reader can understand that the main witness…show more content…
Finally, other people 's opinions and stories can create a fictitious reality when the true reality is completely different. This is demonstrated in one of the tales of Arthur “Boo” Radley told by the citizens of Maycomb: “Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch … There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped and he drooled most of the time” (Lee Edmond Schools 13). This tall tale about Arthur Radley is an example of how imaginary stories can manipulate what is really true. Boo was sentenced from an early age to be a “monster” of sorts due to his past dealings with the law and his time spent in solitary confinement. This story that is invented by the people of Maycomb alters Boo Radley’s true appearance greatly, deeming him to be something he is

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