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TKAM The dictionary defines ignorance as the lack of education or knowledge Throughout TKAM Harper Lee writes about ignorance and its affects on society We learn about the sweet childish ignorance of Scout and Jem compared to the mean coldness of MrEwell Ignorance shows itself in many different ways such as racism sexism and class- ism Jem and Scout are sheltered from the world and all its evilness Their ignorance is used as a shield to protect them from knowing the terrible realities of Maycomb Although Scout and Jem arent as ignorant as many of the more educated adults are there ignorance stands out as different because theirs doesnt make them racist or sexist When they lose their innocence they are losing their shield of ignorance Their ignorance comes and goes throughout the book until the very end After that it didnt matter weather they went or not Jem said he would take me Thus began our longest journey together p 254 I think this is about their Journey into adult hood When they are attacked by Mr Ewell the most racist man in town it is like racism came crashing down on them when he attacked them they lose their ignorance on that long journey away from their childhood Scout and Jems Naivet is much different then the ignorance of the town Their Naivety is stopping them from becoming one of the cruel townspeople Its interesting because the childrens ignorance is there to shield them from the ignorance of the Maycomb people After Scout loses her ignorance she gains empathy for many people It is shown with Boo Radley when she walks him to his house When she was younger she was terrified of him she wouldnt even go near his house without running But she puts herself in his place and understands that he is
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