To Kill a Mockingbird

What are the pathos and satire in to kill a Mockingbird

the pathos and satire in the book to kill a Mockingbird

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First, it is important to understand what we mean by a satire. Satire is often likened to irony because it is meant to show abuses or shortcomings.

In the educational system, we see the rules are ignored. Students should be in school but this is not really enforced. Many show up for a day or two and disappear.

In the judicial system, equality and fairness is seen as a farce because a many is wrongfully convicted just because he is a black man. This ties in with the idea of democracy because evben though Tom was entitled to a fair trial, he really did not get one and this system did not work for him.

In religion, where we are not supposed to judge and all should be accepted, we see Jem and Scout unaccepted in a black church because they are white until they people realize their dad is helping Tom.


Rhetoric Devices in to Kill a Mockingbird

The rhetorical device pathos is used widely in literature to provoke emotions in the reader or audience. If the speaker succeeds in creating the desired emotion towards the subject, pathos can be used as a powerful persuading device. In Atticus’s closing argument from To Kill A Mockingbird, he uses pathos to persuade the jury and audience.

Atticus stated many important points during his speech which promoted favorable emotions. Atticus created a feeling of guilt when he stated, “I have nothing but pity in my heart for the chief witness for the state, but my pity does not extend so far as to her putting a man’s life at stake, which she has done in an effort to get rid of her own guilt”(Lee). By the end of the argument, the audience knew that they had convicted an innocent man and that their decisions had put his life on the line. This created a strong feeling of guilt in the audience and jurors and the emotion became one of the key factors in his persuasion strategy.

Atticus shows empathy and and incites those around him when he says, “There is not a person in this courtroom who has never told a lie, who has never looked upon a woman without desire”(Lee). His use of empathy created a deep understanding of Tom, the defendant’s, situation. His use of empathy also established a relationship between Tom and the audience because they can put them selves in his situation and feel his pain. Atticus’s use of pathos was powerful in making his point heard across the courtroom and was used to help sway those listening.

In his closing argument, Atticus uses the rhetorical device pathos to create feelings within the audience and jurors. These emotions include empathy and guilt and were used in an attempt to get the audience to believe in what Atticus is saying and ultimately see past their prejudice demeanors.