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Good and evil go hand in hand The relationship between good and evil can be seen in the Bible through the stories of Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel The correlation between good and evil is seen throughout history through medians such as literature and the media Neither good nor evil can exist without the other The coexistence of good and evil is portrayed in Harper Lees To Kill A Mockingbird when the characters of Jem Dill and Scout come across good and evil through Maycomb society Jem is placed in situations where he is exposed to both good and evil in Maycomb This is shown when Jem encounters good and evil through the closing of the knothole the jurys unjust verdict and Mrs Dubose Jem is portrayed as a more mature character in this book but there are many instances in which he shows his ignorance to the evil in Maycomb Jem is exposed to evil when Nathan Radley plugs the knothole with cement Jem feels that in a way Nathan Radley is breaking the only connection between Boo and the children The reader can see that the cementing of the knothole really affects Jem in the following quote When the children went in the house Scout had seen that Jem had been crying Lee pg 63 The closing of the knothole is perhaps the first time Jem realizes that Maycomb is not the perfect town he has always perceived it as because it has both good and bad Jem starts to understand that there is a lot more going on in Maycomb than what is seen on the outside Another example of Jems exposure to the good and evil in Maycomb society is seen when the jury convicts Tom Robinson Jems reaction reveals his emotions as seen in the following passage Scout peeked at Jem his hands were white from gripping the balcony rail and Jems shoulders jerked as if each
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