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Lees Conveyance of the Truth The themes of a novel are the main ideas that the author presents In To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee explores several themes besides the dominant issue of racial prejudice The author takes the reader through the childhood of Scout the narrator and her brother Jem in Alabama during the 1930s The reader analyzes the innocence of children as they grow and develop to maturity while learning painful important lessons in life As they develop Scout and Jem put their lesson to practice and discover adult prejudices and the cruelty of one man toward another Everyone is born innocent it is society that corrupts him Jean-Jacques Rousseau a French philosopher proposes this explanation of the evils of human beings In To Kill a Mockingbird the story is narrated through the eyes of Jean-Louis Finch a young naturally impulsive girl from a perspective of childhood innocence In Part I Scout Jem and their summer friend Dill assume that people are good because they have never seen evil In Part II the children confront evil more specifically racism and must incorporate it into their understanding of the world Harper Lee shows respect for children and their goodness According to the author they are incapable of understanding adult prejudices and cruelty During Mr Gilmers cross-examination Dill is shocked and disgusted by the unfair way Mr Gilmer treats the innocent Tom Robinson a black honest man Mr Raymond an unpopular man with mixed children comforts the crying Dill youre children and you can understand it he said Things havent caught up with that ones instinct yet Let him get a little older and he wont get sick and cry Maybe thingsll strike him as being-not quite right say but he wont cry not when he gets a few years on himCry about the hell people give other people-without even thinkingItll take a few years for that to sink in-you havent
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