The exaggeration is shown with phrases such as ‘dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch’ and ‘drooled most of the time’.
if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again… Atticus says in this passage that if he didn’t defend Tom he would be ashamed and would not be able stop Jem and Scout doing something wrong as he would be hypocritical.
you might hear some ugly talk about it at school, but do one thing for me: you just hold your head high and keep those fist down… He also helps Scout to stop fighting physically by telling her to ‘try fighting with your head for a change’.
An example of this is the way that Atticus treats Mrs Dubose with kindness and compliments when she often throws insults at him.
Scout does not understand why he treats Mrs Dubose so nicely.
He looks after them properly; however he does not play games with them. Atticus takes Jem and Scout to Tom Robinson’s trial which other young children would not understand or find a terrible experience.
Jem and Scout find it an experience which teaches them about right and wrong and racism.The atmosphere of summer is created by what they do.In summer it is a time for relaxing; with no work to do.Atticus is the most important role model as he helps them mature the most.Although he is their father, he does not treat them as children but as adults.The effect of ‘long jagged scar’, ‘teeth he had were yellow and rotten’ and ‘his eyes popped’ sounds like an evil, scary monster.They turn him into a horror story and is probably very exaggerated.Jem and Scout represent a typical youth, naivety and innocence.In the first chapter, page 8, Scout says: ‘Thereafter the summer passed in routine contentment.In this essay I will be exploring Jem and Scout’s journey to maturity throughout the novel; To Kill a Mockingbird.I will look at the techniques Harper Lee use and how well they work in portraying their growth to maturity.