Literary Device: Characterization
Many might argue that there are more important literary devices that have a greater affect on “To Kill a Mockingbird”, but the most influential literary aspect comes from characterization. There were many accounts of this literary device in the story. Some of those were the basic introduction or infusion of characters into the plot or the way that Scout described characters from her point of view. Even though there weren’t many diverse examples of characterization, there were definitely many accounts of it throughout the story. Although there are many other literary devices that this novel cycled around, the most important was characterization.
One of the major ways that characterization was used in “To Kill a Mockingbird” was the basic use of it from Scout’s point of view. Scout was a first-person narrator in the story and was the only narrator, so everything ...view middle of the document...
Each character that had a major part in the story was somehow seen or described by Scout. When we are reading the book, we fill Scout’s shoes and go everywhere she goes and sees everything she sees. So, this means that if Scout doesn’t see a character or is affected by a character, then most likely that character isn’t a major aspect in the story.
The way that Harper Lee used characterization in the story was superior. She made wonderful sense in her decision to use Scout’s point of view the way that it was used because Scout’s views on things matched her age. In this novel, Lee used characterization to her best ability because she used it in a way that would make it reasonable and understandable for a reader. At some parts in the story, I was confused, but as I reread and paid attention to the detail, Lee actually made more sense than what I thought. Without Lee’s exceptional use of characterization, this novel wouldn’t be the same.
In conclusion, characterization was a major aspect in this novel. Without it, “To Kill a Mockingbird” wouldn’t be considered the great and brilliant novel that it is. Although there were many literary devices used in this novel, Harper Lee used characterization as her most helpful to the reader and made the novel a whole lot better based on her particular use of it. Characterization was basically used throughout the novel through Scout’s eyes and every character was either seen or “read” by Scout. In this case, every character or event was characterized by Scout, so the book had a little touch of “Scoutness.” Many could have their opinions on how characterization was used in TKM, but the way I see it is in a brilliantly thought out aspect of this novel. Harper Lee did an exceptional job in using this literary device and it showed in the overall novel. Lee’s extraordinary work made this novel different from the rest. To sum up everything, this literary device functioned as one of the key elements of this novel, and showed how one literary device can define a novel as a great and extraordinary one.