The author grew up in the South, and she reflects on how it was like growing up in the South. The main character, Scout, was chosen to be the narrator because she describes from a first-person viewpoint how it was like growing up in the South during those times.
she wears a ham suit
honestly i dont believe she is and i didn't care for the book but if i had to bs it than i would say do to scout being one of the main characters in the story then she was in a position to experience every thing going on in the story and have an unbiased (again just bs ing it) opinion on the matters of the book
She's a child, which means she starts off with a naive perspective on the world that is gradually sullied with the realization that real life is hard and full of prejudices. Through a child's eyes, the author shows the evils of the society in which Scout lives, eyes that are completely without prejudice or judgment. The whole point of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is to highlight the evils of the society it is written about.
T.V., cell phones, and other dittcarsing technology has definitely put a damper on imagination for kids. Kids don't seem to be engaging in as much pretend-play or even outside activities anymore. The exploratory things Scout, Jem, and Dill do in the novel seem to be things of the past. What I've personally discovered from using Facebook and texting more than talking, is a reduction of quality human connection. Instead of a call, it's a click. It's almost as if I'm having relationships with a screen. Things feel more distant. Less personal. When I do engage with people in the flesh, I find that it can be sometimes awkward. Almost as if the spontaneity of talking suddenly became scary. At any rate, growing up nowadays is different, and I don't think for the better.