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There is no doubt that Harper Lees To Kill a Mockingbird is a moving story of racial injustice in the South as well as a touching coming-of-age story The courtroom scene demonstrates the depth of the bigotry in the area stirring the consciences of all readers Only the most obtuse of readers can fail to be affected by the adventures of Scout and JemUnfortunately the novel tells its story with too much clarity midway through the novel one forgets that the narrator is only a child Scout sees the vents around her with far too much objectivity As she analyzes the situations affecting her and her family she seems too wise in the ways of the world much like an adult in a childs mind rather than an adult reminiscing about childhoodFor example Scouts revelation at the end of the novel while she was standing on the Radley porch was clearly beyond a childs capability Most adults would be too traumatized by the experience in the forest even to be lucid let alone come to the deep philosophical epiphany that she reached about Boo Instead of a character revelation from Scout it comes across more as a direct message from the author as if she had temporarily possessed Scouts mindAs good as the novel is this uneven characterization happens throughout Scout repeatedly discovers ideas that are more suited to someone much older She would act like a normal child break off into a philosophical reverie then revert to her childhood persona once again Harper Lee is so determined to get her point across that she interjects her points at the expense of character She manages the job so skillfully that usually the reader is not aware of what is happening at first-read It is only after putting the book away that the reader recognizes the deception throwing all the considerations reached by the reader into doubt Since the revelations of the character cannot be trusted
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