Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

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In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee tells the story of a young white girl growing up in Maycomb, Alabama who is forced by circumstance to experience the racial injustice of her town. Throughout the novel, Scout struggles as a child in her situation with understanding prejudice and the good and evil in people. She begins the novel naive to the hatred and unfairness of the world, but by the end of the novel her childlike idealism is gone and she understands how the no situation is black or white. Lee uses the wisdom of those close to Scout and her experiences with new or different people to convey the theme of growing up and the loss of innocence. Scout’s mentors are an important piece in her growth as a person and therefore their wisdom and encouragement help develop the theme of growing up. Jem is Scout’s older brother, and person she looks up to most. As he ages and matures, he teaches Scout important lessons on independence. For example, Scout explains, “Previous minor encounters with her left me no desire for more, but Jem said I had to grow up some time”(Lee 132). In this scene, Scout doesn’t want to go to Mrs. Dubose’s house, but Jem takes her along telling her that she has to “grow up” at some point in her life. Even though Scout is only a young girl, this is an important lesson in growing up. Scout must learn that she has to do things that she doesn’t want to do. Jem teaches her that she can’t hide or run away from people or problems, but that she has to…

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