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To Kill a Mockingbird | Study Guide

Harper Lee

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Harper Lee

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Drama, Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

To Kill a Mockingbird is narrated in first-person point of view from the perspective of Scout Finch. At the opening of the novel Scout is six years old and living in Great Depression–era Alabama. Scout gives the unique perspective of a child as she talks about the racial and social relations in her town of Maycomb. Her innocence adds texture and poignancy to the story. Although she doesn't fully understand what's going on around her, she gives readers enough information to interpret themselves.


To Kill a Mockingbird is told primarily in the past tense.

About the Title

To Kill a Mockingbird is a reference to one of the novel's primary symbols: the mockingbird, a symbol of innocence.


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