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In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee one can interpret the meaning of the text in various ways For example the use of a young and nave protagonist who doubles as the narrator of the novel the differing and unique personalities of each character and symbolism all hint towards the authors contention being along with the exposure to prejudice comes the loss of innocence Harper Lee tries to convey the theme using a child protagonist none other than Scout Finch Scout lives in the tiny worn down town of Maycomb with her older brother Jem and her father Atticus Flipping through the novel in Scouts perspective we are able to identify and observe her development from innocence to maturity Her outlook on the world is untouched by reality and she has yet to be affected by the towns extreme prejudice and racism She has not been exposed to the evils of human nature However considering the fact that her father is a lawyer defending a falsely accused black man Tom Robinson in a time of severe racial discrimination her innocence is quickly shattered affecting Jem as well During Tom Robinsons trial both children are confident in their father Yet they are still unknowing of Maycombs true colors They still believe that there is mainly goodness in everyone and everything Pure shock and disappointment hits Jem like a ton of bricks as Tom is falsely convicted for a crime he did not commit merely because of his skin color As this takes place we are able to see a significant change in Jems viewpoint and approach towards life through Scouts nave perspective For example after witnessing the trial Jem doesnt permit Scout to kill a bug due to the fact that it had done nothing to Scout to deserve it Both children are struck
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