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Examples of Juxtaposition in To Kill a Mocking Bird

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Dane Palazzo

on 21 November 2013

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Examples of Juxtaposition in To Kill a Mocking Bird
Dane Palazzo, Period 2
Juxtaposition- Comparing and contrasting two things side by side to prove a point or idea that supports a theme.
How it is applied
Juxtaposition can be used to exaggerate or emphasize a theme in a story. It is used multiple times and occasions in To Kill a Mockingbird, to emphasize many different themes throughout the book. I will show examples of these juxtapositions and pictures along with them to represent the items being compared and contrasted.
One example of juxtaposition that I found in To Kill a Mockingbird was comparing and contrasting Scout and Aunt Alexandra.
This picture represents the blankness and uniform look and feel that Aunt Alexandra gives off, and especially tries to rub off on Scout.
This picture shows the uniqueness that Scout presents to the reader, and is not commonly seen.
This juxtaposition supports the theme in To Kill a Mockingbird that being different and unique is okay. If you are comfortable with yourself and don't want to change, than that is fine. Aunt Alexandra tries to make Scout more like a typical girl, (dress fancy, act lady-like, etc.) but Scout does not feel comfortable like that. She is okay with being different!
The next juxtaposition that i noticed in the story was the comparison between a Mockingbird to the Ewell family.
I chose the picture of the path to represent the mockingbird because:
The path is helpful and peaceful
The path lays there and does its job to the people; it guides them. Just like how the mockingbird sits in the trees and sings to the people.
The path does no physical or emotional harm to anybody.

I chose this picture to represent the Ewell family. It shows the aggressive nature of the family, and how harmful they can be. Rana bullying Emily presented how the Ewells treat others; not because they walk around and put people in choke-holds, but because they are aggressive.
This juxtaposition supports the theme that helping others helps yourself. The Ewells tend to be seen as mean and dirty people because not only of the way they dress and clean themselves, but mostly by how they act. They reflect themselves with their actions, and if they were to be more respectful and caring towards others, peoples' opinions towards them would probably change for the better.
The final example of juxtaposition that I found in To Kill a Mockingbird was the comparison between Boo Radley and Atticus.
This picture of the hidden and disguised man (or should i say little boy) represents how Boo Radley is afraid to expose himself. He has not come out of his home for a long time and has stayed in disguise. For that reason, most peoples' opinions towards him have not changed.
This pictured is supposed to represent Atticus. Atticus is well spoken and known by many people in Maycomb. He exposes himself by expressing his opinion and defending it because he is a lawyer, just like how this person is standing exposed to the freezing cold air.
This final juxtaposition supports the theme that strong opinions can change societies views. Atticus expressed his strong opinion many times in the past that has gained him his respect from society, where Boo Radley has stayed hidden for a long time and is still thought to be a crazy mad man. He did not express his opinion, he did not defend his case when he was accused of his terrible actions.
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