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Some say knowledge is power Others say that knowledge only brings sorrow Jem and Scout lose their innocence through knowledge In Harper Lees To Kill A Mockingbird Jem and Scout obtained both power and sorrow through their gain of knowledgeKnowledge brought Jem and Scout power in many ways One of which is learning right from wrong Like when Jem destroyed Ms Duboses flowers he learns why she acted like she did Mrs Dubose was a morphine addict P111 Jem learned that it was wrong to have done that Jem and Scout also learn how to tell truth from lies When Aunt Alexandra tells Scout she is only trouble to her father she knows it is untrue because she had talked Atticus about that already They learn how to defend their self and others Like when Uncle Jack punishes Scout she tells him You aint fair P85 she knows the truth but he doesnt This shows how she defends herself with knowledge of what really happened These are ways Scout and Jem gain power from knowledgeKnowledge brought power to Jem and Scout but also brought along the negative side of sorrow Through the gain of knowledge Jem and Scout learned how cruel the human nature could really be Like the prejudice when Aunt Alexandra talked about Walter being trash Or the ruthlessness of the group of men that were going to try and kill Tom Get aside from the door Mr Finch P151 These examples show how corrupted the human nature can be Knowledge showed how life could be unfair and the punishments that came along with it Like when Scout got punished for knowing how to read because Atticus had already started teaching her or her knowledge of the Cunningham family Miss Caroline picked up her ruler gave me a dozen quick little pats then told me to stand in the corner P 22 this shows how punishment is in knowledge These are ways
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