Lecture 3: Narrative Structure of To Kill a Mockingbird: Plot Structure and Perspective. Recap: What is plot structure ? Many plots are designed with a traditional narrative structure that looks like this graphically. Climax. Falling Action. Rising Action. Orientation. Resolution.
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To Kill a Mockingbird:
Plot Structure and Perspective
Recap: What is plot structure?
Many plots are designed with a traditional
narrative structure that looks like this graphically.
Video Practice: Identifying
elements of plot structure
Student-Sharing: Plot structure
of To Kill a Mockingbird
Step 1: Volunteer to share OR listen carefully
Step 2: Think.
Step 3: Discuss with partner.
Step 4: Critique.
Think (3 mins). Pair (3 mins). Then share.
1. Does TKAM fit nicely into the traditional
plot structure we’ve been discussing about?
Where can you locate the orientation(s)
in the novel?
2. What are the major conflicts in the novel?
3. The novel can be broadly categorised into 2
parts. What might these 2 parts be? Does this
mean the novel has 2 separate plots?
Boo Radley vs Society
As a mysterious character in the story that nobody
seems to understand, Boo Radley is ostracised
from society due to the fear of the unknown, and
often misunderstood due to his reclusion.
Tom Robinson vs White Society
Likewise, Tom Robinson is wrongly accused of
his alleged crime due to the Blacks being
May be categorised according to the 2 central
conflicts in the novel.
2 climaxes – trial verdict and assault
The 2 conflicts are somehow woven together
through the reappearance of Boo Radley.
Revisit how the novel opens off, and how it
ends. Does the plot come full circle?
Whose perspective is the story told from?
Why do you think it is told from his/her perspective?
Is it told entirely from the perspective of a young
Pay particular attention to whose perspectives
and viewpoints are represented in these
examples, as well as the shifts in perspective.
Example 1: [00:00 – 05:13]
Example 2: [39:00 – 41:05]
voices in TKAM
Young Scout vs Older Scout
The story is mostly told from the perspective
of a young Scout (between 5 and 9 years
old), but novel starts off much later
in her life
Scout vs Others
As you read the novel, do you see things only
from Scout’s perspective, or do the viewpoints
voices in TKAM
TKAM is a coming-of-age kind of novel, also
known as a bildungsroman.
In a bildungsroman, the protagonist undergoes
psychological, moral and social shaping.
Can you now reconcile the use of flashbacks, a
naive narrator, and the delierate interspersing of
child and adult voices in TKAM?