To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 7 connection question 2

Jem tells Scout that when he retrieved his pants from the Radleys’, “they were folded across the fence like they were expectin’ me.” Of what type of figurative language is this an example? How does this language contribute to the sense of mystery around the Radley house? Does Jem know how his pants ended up that way?

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Harper lee uses a simile and children's diction to express his surprise of finding his folded and mended pants. This brings the mystery within the context of the children's world and begins to break the stereotypes that they have about Boo Radley.