To Kill A Mockingbird Theme Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, is an examination of human morality, which presents a constant conversation regarding the inherent integrity or wickedness of people, and prejudice in its' many forms. These two themes help chart the protagonist and narrator, Scout's, moral education, and the theme of how children are educated—how they learn to move from innocence to adulthood—recurs throughout the novel. Throughout the novel, Scout learns that though humanity has a grand capacity for evil, it also has a grand capacity for good, and that the evil can be alleviated if one approaches other people with an outlook of compassion and consideration. By the end the story, we see Scout as an individual that, no matter the evil she encounters, can retain her conscience without becoming pessimistic or cynical.…show more content…
As the novel develops, Scout has her first interaction with evil in the form of racial prejudice, and the basic development of her character is directed by the question of whether she will emerge from that experience with her conscience and optimism intact or whether she will be injured or demolished like Boo Radley and Tom Robinson. Although it was difficult to surpass the foolish misconceptions of the town of Maycomb, she decides to see everyone in an optimistic point of view. The moment she truly begins her passage from speaking to acting on her optimism is when she defies her father’s wishes, for her to stay from the courthouse during the Robinson trial, and when she arrives, she chooses to sit with the colored
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