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Another theme of the novel is the transition from innocence to experience At the beginning of the story Scouts world is limited to the boundaries of her immediate neighborhood She feels safe and secure and totally confident that the way things are done in her home is not just the right way but the only way The arrival of Dill who comes from a broken home and has lived in another state gives Scout her first hint of a variety of experiences beyond her narrow horizons Then on her first day of school she begins to discover that not everyone agrees that the way things are done in Maycomb Alabama is necessarily correct She also learns that sometimes it is necessary to compromise in order to get along Even though Scouts teachers ideas about how to teach reading may be wrong Scout must respect the teachers authority Her own father advises her to ignore the teachers ban on reading at home but to pretend to go along with the teachers methods while in the classroom This kind of social hypocrisy is new to Scout and she is surprised to hear her very moral father advocating it As the story progresses Scout encounters many more examples of the complexity of human motivation Sometimes characters who
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