How Is Irony Used In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In the classic 1960s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the author Harper Lee, uses irony to reveal Maycomb county’s true colors of prejudice, racism, and hypocrisy. Social discrimination and economic downturns shaped the life of Harper Lee and helped her develop her character's decisions and behavior. Man’s inhumanity to man enforces Harper Lee to write To Kill a Mockingbird to unmasking man’s imperfections and injustices though Jem and Scouts actions, thus effecting my life. As a young girl, Harper Lee was introduced to many social discussions and occurrences that contributed to a great part of her novel. For instance,Harper Lee used the poverty during the Great Depression and integrated it to Scouts daily life, ¨There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County¨(Lee, 6).Understanding famine and discrimination helped her mold the lives of characters like the Cunninghams and the Ewelles. Moreover, Harper Lee was also exposed…show more content…
For instance, as Scout listens to Tom Robinson's testimony ,¨It came to me that Mayella Ewelle must have been the loneliest person in the world.(Lee,256) Demonstrating her sympathy toward Mayella, Scout is able to view herself in someone else's shoes. Thus, learning to caring more for others even if she may not intend to. In addition, as Walter Cunningham refuses to take money from Miss. Caroline Scout exclaims,¨The Cunninghams never took anything they can’t pay back- no church baskets and no script stamps¨ (Lee, 21).Taking a stand for what she believed in, Scout attempts to get Walter out of an uncomfortable situation. Although, she failed she was able to show her bravery.Every situation and lesson that Scout went through allowed her build up and reveal her true

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