To Kill a Mockingbird

Mrs. Dubose Character Analyst: A Surprisingly Complicated Character 12th Grade

See in the mind's eye an onion, one with multiple layers more precisely. Peeling the skin and exposing the layers of the onion slowly working towards the core of it. Each second passing each layer is getting peeled off and then going into another layer and so on, much like getting to know a person. Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose is illustrated as a soul-sucking superannuated woman when the audience first catches a glimpse of her and her actions. However, as the novel proceeds the audience begins to unravel her layers and learns that though she may have a fiery demeanor, Mrs.Dubose is fighting and suffering to be beholden to nobody but is still, in a sign of her intolerance, grasping on to white tradition. Shifting the reader's perspective of Mrs.Dubose from a heartless, aging, repulsive racist to a determined fighter, one may say getting to know Mrs.Dubose is like an onion, layered.

Though the saying ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me’ implies that physical force can hurt a person but insults cannot, this was not the case with Mrs.Dubose. Mrs.Dubose is depicted as a fire breathing dragon who holds on to old traditions where whites are superior to blacks and is not afraid to express her opinions to...

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