To Kill a Mockingbird

2. Scout reflects: “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” (page 20) What comparison is Lee suggesting in these two sentences? What does it suggest about how Scout thinks about reading?

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Scout took reading for granted, as it was always something she was allowed to do. It was a given that she would read alongside Atticus in the evenings. When Miss Caroline forbids her to read with her father, she is devastated that something she considered natural had been taken away.


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