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To Kill a Mockingbird Criticism Throughout her 1960 novel To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee employs many literary strategies to perfect her prose These said methods are difficult to categorize though it is simplest to divide her methods into three categories each with their own branching sub-topics These categories would be Lees unique writing style her storylines structure and the compelling themes which seamlessly wind their way throughout the book finding their ways into each and every page paragraph and participle Lees style was very individualistic and fascinating The depth of her words is not immediately absorbed upon initial inspection but is awe-inspiring upon further perusal The sheer amount of information given between each line is so quantitative that it raises the uncomfortable question of which specific sub-topic to address first Harper Lees choice of words is unquestionably the most superficial aspect of her style and thus the easiest to begin with This is of course not to belittle or discredit the importance of these words for they serve just as large a role in providing the proper setting to Lees microcosm One of the worthy examples is seen early in the story as Scout and Jem pass the old oak tree whose hollow base occasionally contains presents and treasures for the children Scout writes Jem and I were trotting our orbit Orbit is used here to show the how typical this day-to-day habit is and displays this idea very clearly Lees word choice is again put to use in the next chapter when Scout catches a snowflake on her tongue and cries out Jem its hot and Jem explains its not hot its merely so cold it burns Only a few pages later Miss Maudies house is ravaged by flames and burns to the ground The word ecclesiastical was used to describe the county jail as was exodus used to describe the recess during Tom Robinsons trial Both of these have religious connotations
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