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The Mortal MockingbirdA songbirds melody can evoke happiness in anyone as can the smiling faceof a child The mockingbird sings for the sake of singing and an innocentchild possesses an innate joyfulness as natural as instinct Yet a mockingbirdssong dies as easily as innocence In the beginning of the novel To KillA Mockingbird Scout and Jem are portrayed as innocents uncorrupted by ourworld of prejudice and racism Their world is simple sensible a childsworld However by the end of the novel their world has expanded to enclosethe irrational nature of humans Jem and Scouts growing up is portrayedby a series of events that shatters their innocence as easily as a mockingbirdcan be silencedOne of the first chinks in their armor of naivit that protected themwas social prejudice This was introduced to them in the form of Aunt AlexandraScout was crushed when Aunt Alexandra sent Atticus to talk to the Scout andJem you are not run-of-the-mill people that you are the product of severalgenerations gentle breedingtry to behave like the little lady and gentlemanthat you are Lee 133 Scout was upset because he was essentially tellingher not to be herself Aunt Alexandra wanted to change Scouts personalityto conform to societys ideas of what was right for a girl in those timesIt seemed like Atticus had almost encouraged them to find their own waydespite the disapproval of many in town overalls were allowed for Scouta female and they had free run of the surrounding few houses during theday Although the incident with Atticus preaching Aunt Alexandras ideasmade Scout feel overwhelmed Atticus resisted Aunt Alexandra by telling Scoutto forget what Aunt Alexandra told him to say which reassured Scout somewhatAnother way Aunt Alexandra introduced Jem and Scout to social prejudice washow she wouldnt let Scout play with Walter Cunningham Because the Cunninghamswere farmers that lived out of town Aunt Alexandra regarded Walter to besocially inferior and said she would only let him in the house on
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