Scout Finch Bildungsroman

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To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the 1930’s. The story takes place in Maycomb, a small town in Alabama. The book is a bildungsroman, which means it shows the moral and psychological progression of the protagonist throughout the book. It is written by Harper Lee. Scout Finch is the main character. Scout narrates the story. She is nearly six at the beginning of the book, and, when the book ends, she is almost eight. She is very independent and intelligent. Scout is a tomboy, and she often struggles to control her temper. She always means well, and is has a very strong sense of justice. The whole book shows Scout developing her character and learning important life lessons. Scout lives with her father, who she calls Atticus, her brother Jem, and her cook Calpurnia. A minor character is Jem, Scout’s brother. Jem is about ten when the book starts, and twelve when the book ends. He, like his sister and father, has a very strong sense of justice. Even though he is four years older than her, Jem is Scout’s constant playmate. Dill is Jem and Scout’s summer neighbor and friend. He is seven when the book begins, and nine when it ends. Dill is a diminutive, confident boy with an active imagination. He becomes fascinated with Boo Radley and represents the perspective of childhood innocence throughout the novel (Sparknotes Editors, 2002). Atticus is Jem and Scout’s father. Although he is a lawyer, he does not make much money. Atticus is a widower with a dry sense of humor, and he is committed to racial equality. With his strongly held convictions, wisdom, and empathy, Atticus functions as the…show more content…
It gives an accurate depiction of Alabama in the 1930’s. The characters’ personalities are diverse and realistic, and they seem alive. This book is a good mixture of drama and comedy. I would recommend this to people who enjoy historical fiction, classics, or folk tales. I really enjoyed this book, and I will definitely read it again in the
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