To Kill a Mockingbird

How does telling the story through the eyes of a child effect your understanding and impression of the book?

Give some examples and discuss their effectiveness.

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We get a clearer view of the ignorance which surrounds the racist attitudes when viewed through the eyes of the children in the text. Scout and her brother Jem are convinced of their father's correctness in defending Tom Robinson, though many adults cannot reach this conclusion.

Scout as narrator is most telling in Chapter 15 when the lynch mob arrive at the jailhouse to attack Tom before the trial. Scout's innocence in noticing Mr Cunningham and treating him with kindness clearly isolates him, and each member, of the mob and they shamefacedly disappear. She does not appreciate as a child what a difference she made, but as readers we see the youngest character in teh chapter having teh most sense, wisdom and dignity.