To Kill A Mockingbird Perspective Analysis

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Perspective: a lens used to define the world. When humans are born, they are not born with infinite knowledge, and each person develops their own unique view of the world, through life experiences and a personal interpretation of events. Each person has their own perspective on different issues and life events, and every person’s perspective is valid, and needs to be taken into account. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, perspective is used by displaying the different ways in which each character sees the world. In the novel, the youth usually have a more rose-colored and ideal view of the world, while the adults have a more cynical and prejudiced worldview. Throughout the text, Harper Lee displays the progression of youthful naivete into mature knowledge by showing the various perspectives and reactions of each of the novel’s youngsters to the many racial injustices within their community. Despite Dill’s young age, his perspective of the court proceedings shows that he clearly understands right from wrong, suggesting he still believes that humans are innately good. After Dill…show more content…
Raymond shows an adult’s perspective of understanding the racial tensions in Maycomb, leading Scout to explore how her father is more progressive than the other adults in Maycomb. When Scout and Dill are outside of the courthouse and talk to Mr. Raymond, Scout realizes how her father is special and good. Mr. Raymond explains, “...you don’t know your pa’s not a run-of-the-mill man, it’ll take a few years for that to sink in--you haven’t seen enough of the world yet” (269). During the trial, Atticus’s tolerant attitude about race is publicly displayed, and Mr. Raymond’s words highlight how unusual this attitude is when he describes Atticus as no “run-of-the-mill man.” In sharing his wisdom with Scout, it implies Mr. Raymond is trying to help form Scout’s perspective so that she can learn from her father’s example rather than from the rest of her
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