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Narrative Structure of Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

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Transcript of Narrative Structure of Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Narrative Structure in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
#1: Exposition
-The exposition is like the introduction; how the story begins-
The main characters; Scout, Dill, Jem, Atticus and Boo Radley are introduced in various ways. Background information on the Finch family is given and it is said that Jem has broken his arm at some point. The setting of Maycomb is also introduced.
#2: Rising Action
-The rising action is all the small problems before the climax, and all the events leading up to it.-
Rising Action #1:
Dill, Jem and Scout fascinate themselves with the story of Scout and Jem's mysterious neighbour, Boo Radley. Their interest in his story brings them together and also sometimes gets them in trouble.
#2 Rising Action
Rising Action #2:
Atticus is given the job of defending Tom Robinson, an innocent black man, in court and the family receive many insults about his position due to the racist culture of the set place at the time.
#2: Rising Action
Rising Action #3:
Aunt Alexandra comes to stay with the Finch family for the purpose of being a 'feminine influence' on the children. This makes Scout's life harder because Aunt Alexandra's old fashioned values lead to her wanting to prevent Scout from doing as she pleases.
#3: Climax
-The climax is the happening of the biggest problem or event in the story; the most interesting part-
The court case where Atticus defends Tom Robinson but he is found guilty, despite his innocence. This is seen through Scout's eyes because her, Jem and Dill secretly went to watch Atticus.
#4: Resolution
-The resolution is the part of a narrative where all the problems are solved and things go back to normal-
Bob Ewell, in a vengeful attempt to make things even between himself and Atticus, tries to kill Scout and Jem who are saved by the now not-so mysterious Boo Radley and Bob Ewell dies either through fault of his own or because someone else stabbed him.
""Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it...grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square."
"Two live oaks stood at the end of the Radley lot... Something about one of the trees attracted my attention."
Atticus sighed. 'I'm simply defending a Negro - his name's Tom Robinson. He lives in that little settlement beyond the town dump.' "
"Aunt Alexandra fitted into the world of Maycomb like a hand into a glove, but never into the world of Jem and me."
"We knew there was a crowd, but we had not bargained for the multitudes in the first-floor hallway. I got separated from Jem and Dill..."
"Somehow, I could think of nothing but Mr Bob Ewell saying he'd get Atticus if it took him the rest of his life...almost got him, and it was the last thing he did.
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