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Have come to find out they aren’t

Have you ever met someone and you come to find out they aren’t who you thought they were? Well that’s exactly what happens in Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”. There are many different themes and symbols throughout the whole novel, but the theme that takes place the most would be Jem and Scout growing up and their realization about the real world or in other words the coexistence of good vs. evil.  In the beginning of the novel, seeing that Scout, as an adult, is narrating the sequence of events that take place between Jem and Scout from their younger years in a first person point of view. As the kids grow older they become wiser, finding that not everything in the world is how it may seem. Even though there are many different characters that represent this theme, the one that would mostly represent this theme would be Scout. Atticus though, being a big part in introducing this point of view to her, and having the wise words of: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”  (Pg. 30)Sparking Scouts development throughout the rest of the novel. An example would be Scouts understanding of Boo later on in the book, realizing he isn’t just a terrifying tall tale, but a kind soul who loved Jem and Scout anonymously. The author wants to show that Boo Radley had at first had represented evil. Concluding that Boo actually represents goodness as a mockingbird. Evidence that shows this statement is: ” An’ they chased him ‘n’ never could catch him ’cause they didn’t know what he looked like, an’ Atticus, when they finally saw him, why he hadn’t done any of those things…Atticus, he was real nice.” (pg. 281) Knowing that Atticus believes that in all evil there is still goodness to be noticed. Then seeing that Scout and Jem start to learn Atticus’s ways of seeing the world through his words: “Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” (Pg. 112) Which is an example of Atticus giving advice to Jem and Scout. Also finding that most characters in the book seem to have went through a change, either it was a good or bad change but in the end showing who they really are.         Coming to a conclusion. Harper Lee does a good job in keeping the reader on edge throughout the whole novel, having a good representation in realization and changing of the characters showing the good or evil they truly represent.   


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