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The idea of the journey is a recurring theme within American literature The novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a piece of literature that addresses the theme of the journey though it is more of a psychological and emotional journey than a physical one In To Kill a Mockingbird the journey takes the form of a young girls Scouts realization that the world is not as nice of a place that she thinks it is Scouts self-enlightening journey begins when her father Atticus takes Tom Robinsons case Tom Robinson is a black man who has been accused of raping a white girl Mayella Ewell Mayella and her family are the outcasts of Maycomb the small Alabama town where the town takes place mainly because of the way they live and their unconventional behavior ie the children only attend the first day of school Hes one of the Ewells maam whole schools full of em They come first day every year and then leave 27 Most of the town knows that Tom didnt really rape Mayella but they cant admit this to themselves because if they did they essentially would be admitting that Mayella a white girl was lying and that would not have been acceptable They would rather accuse Tom a black man because that is justifiable in their minds in that that kind of behavior is to be expected from someone like him Scouts everyday life experiences are at the whim of the town when Atticus takes the case The townspeople are ruthless when it comes to reminding Scout of their opinion of Atticus and what he has done Scouts first experience with their animosity happens at school HeCecil Jacobs had announced in the school yard the day before that Scout Finchs daddy defended niggers I denied it but told Jem 74 Scout does not really understand what Atticus is doing or the gravity during that time period the 1930s
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