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Prejudice Through A Childs Eyes Children are the keepers of all that is good and innocent If they came into this world with the experiences and mindset that most adults have the world would not be the same as it is In the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee the main characters show many moments of innocence Growing up in a small Alabama town during the nineteen-thirties these three children have adventures which help them overcome the prejudices surrounding them Due to their lack of knowledge of the world children growing up around these prejudices can still see the world in a different light still be innocent Charles Baker Harris commonly known as Dill is at a young age where he does not understand the ways of the adult world An example of this is the way he tells Jem about his future career I think Ill be a clown when I get grown there aint one thing in this world I can do about folks except laugh so Im gonna join the circus and laugh my head off 216 Dill believes that to live a peaceful life away from the prejudices of society he needs to become a clown He does not realize that no matter what he does when he gets older he will always have to deal with prejudice in one way or another Dill learns about racism for the first time during the trial of Tom Robinson when Jem says in context to the children of Dalphus Raymond Colored folks wont have em because theyre half white white folks wont have em cause theyre colored so theyre just in-betweens dont belong anywhere 161 Dill does not see why the children would not be accepted by either blacks or whites He reasons since they are both white and black they should be accepted by both groups yet neither seem willing to accept them Once he
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