TKMB Characterization

By: Jordan Hall

Harper Lee uses characterization in the novel to illustrate the learning curve of Scout and Jem.

Lee uses each one of her characters that the kids learn a lesson from

Mrs. Dubose

  • The courage of ending her life in the way she wanted, not to be addicted

"Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest women I ever knew" (Lee, 149).

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Atticus

  • Teaches the kids that courage is not always a man with a gun
  • Be able to live with yourself first and then deal with others
  • Hold your head high and be a gentleman
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"but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience" (Lee,140).