To Kill A MockingBird Allusions

By: Raimi Watts 5/20/2016 3rd Period

Gothich Page 150

"Starkly out of place in a town of square-faced stores and steep-roofed
houses, the Maycomb jail was a miniature Gothic joke." - Scout (Jean Louise Finch)

MEANING: This refers to the jail as a Gothic joke- a mockery of a small, lonely and grim-looking castle. This describes the jail well, as there is small space for the prisoners to move freely, as well as the depressing and solitary atmosphere.

REASON ALLUSION IS USED: The Allusion explains the description of the jail, and how dark and depressing it is, Scout described it as "The most venerable and hideous of the county's buildings." and castles from a long time ago were dark and depressing and ugly. This describes the jail well, as there is small space for the prisoners to move freely, as well as the depressing and solitary atmosphere.

EFFECT: It gives the reader a visual image of the jail; and how poorly it was conducted!