Lesson 2: In-Scene, Out-of-Scene

Essay Question

Skim two chapters of To Kill a Mockingbird and note every place where Harper Lee shifts from writing in-scene to writing out-of-scene, or vice versa. 

Now go back to the out-of-scene sections. What does Harper Lee accomplish by pulling out of scene? Some of the possibilities from the video lesson include: 

  • Providing exposition or background information
  • Conveying necessary information
  • Moving the story along or skipping ahead
  • Establishing tone and voice