To Kill a Mockingbird

where do you find humour and satire in the book.

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Much of the humour comes from Scout. Her personality is so colourful and full of life. Scout's heart is in the right place but she often goes about things in the wrong way. An example of this is when she beats up Walter Cunningham because she feels that she didn’t start the school year the way that she wanted to. Much of the satire comes from Scout’s narration. We often forget that Scout is actually grown up when she writes this. So, often get humorous adult diction attributed to a child,

"After my bout with Cecil Jacobs when I committed myself to a policy of cowardice, word got around that Scout Finch wouldn't fight any more, her daddy wouldn't let her. This was not entirely correct: I wouldn't fight publicly for Atticus, but the family was private ground. I would fight anyone from a third cousin upwards tooth and nail."

As well, Scouts first day at school is a satirical look at Maycomb society and the greater education system. The teacher is from a bigger town. She begins a story about cats talking and acting like humans. The kids laugh. They are farm kids and know very well the reality of animals.

To kill a mockingbird deals with some serious themes but Scout's narration is filled with clever, sometimes satirical text.


To Kill a Mockingbird

thankyou that helps and gives me more ideas too.