To Kill a Mocking Bird

‘I led him to the front porch where his uneasy steps halted. He was still holding my hand and he gave no sign of letting go.’

In this sentence Harper Lee expresses Boo’s almost unwillingness to go home. It is evident that if he goes home, he will probably never have the courage to come back outside. An almost foreboding feeling is released that gives the reader and idea that he will probably never be seen by Scout again. Here a certain type of irony is used. Scout is portrayed as the adult in this particular situation for she knows more then Boo about the outside world and so he puts his trust in her. He clasps his hand in hers, rather like a child would with their elder. This is an ironic action as Scout is the child and Boo is clearly far older.