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In To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee clearly uses Jem and Scout to represent the learning curve about racism American youth experienced post Great Depression in the United States These youth would later lead the civil rights movement and bring African Americans out of their oppressed and segregated lifestyle In the novel Jem and Scout experience these lessons through the guidance of other characters however mainly through the epiphanic events which open their eyes to the world of racism and prejudice that exists in America and specifically in their hometown Maycomb County Main events which lead the characters down this journey of realisation is the attempted lynching of Tom Robinson the Trial and their experiences with Boo Radley These events expose the children to the world that they live in shocking and innovating their thinking leaving their previous ways of prejudice something influenced by Atticus and growing up and standing up to the dysfunctional social situation that their town was inOne of the most significant events where we see Jem and Scout grow up and learn a valuable lesson about their town is where The Lynch Mob came to the jail to lynch Tom Robinson days before the trial In this event Jem experiences her transition from boy to man as he feels he is on Atticus level and refuses to go home rather supporting his father going against The Lynch Mob This transition is a clear turning point in the story as Jem assumes a more mature attitude and thinking begins to concur more with Atticus A strong lesson is learnt by Jem as she has the maturity to understand what the intention of the mob actually was however Scout appeared to be more intact with her innocence and noticed Mr Cunningham in the crowd She told him how he was a nice boy and how theyre in the same grade evoking emotion and self-pity in Mr Cunningham causing the mob to go away
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