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To Kill a Mockingbird Miss Harper Lee has chosen Scout as a first person narrator in this story This narrative technique has many strengths and some weaknesses Scout is a bright sensitive and intelligent little girl For all her intelligence she is still a child and does not always fully understand the implications of the events she reports This is sometimes amusing as the time she thinks Miss Maudies loud voice scares Miss Stephanie Scout does her best to inform us of the happenings at the Tom Robinson trial Yet she is not certain what rape is and is neither aware of the prejudice state surrounding her Ultimately she represents the innocence within society In To Kill A Mockingbird Scout Finch a little girl growing up in a small Southern town tells the story of her childhood when she witnessed the trial of a Negro falsely accused of raping a white woman The Negros lawyer is Scouts father Atticus Finch He defends the Negro vigorously though he expects to lose the case As well as being the story of childhood it is also the story of the struggle for equality of the American Negro To Kill A Mockingbird can be read as the story of a childs growth and maturation Almost every incident in the novel contributes something to Scouts perception of the world Through her experiences she grows more tolerant of others learning how to climb into another persons skin and walk around in it On her first day of school she finds that there are both social and poor classes in society some are respectable and others not She also learns that her father is an extra-ordinary man fighting for a Negros rights in court At the trial of Tom Robinson Scout learns about equality and inequality about justice and injustice and finally about racial prejudice Many times during the course of the novel the idea of the mockingbird
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