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To Kill a Mockingbird Choose a novel in which a central character experiences lead to a clear and deeper understanding not only of others but of herhimself Discuss the ways in which the character attains this knowledge and a better understanding I have recently read the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee The main character of the book is a young girl called Jean Louise Scout Finch The novel is narrated by an adult Scout looking back at her life as a child in a small town called Maycomb The child Scout has many experiences during the novel which give her a fuller and better understanding of herself and the others near her Scout acquires the bulk of her knowledge from her father and teacher Atticus Atticus is a good teacher because his morals are good and he does not judge on appearance or social status Scout starts to realise this about Atticus and bases her own morals on the actions of Atticus Atticus and Scout have a very strong relationship Scouts mother died when she was two and Atticus has had to bring her up by himself and the help of Calpurnia the maid Atticus and Scout dont act as father and daughter they act more like friends with Scout calling him by his first name rather than with the more common Dad At the start of To Kill a Mockingbird Scout looks up to Atticus and she sees him as a hero who can do no wrong They have a nightly ritual of sitting in Atticus chair and reading the newspaper Although Scout doesnt always understand the articles in the newspaper she always tries to put her point in when they discuss it afterwards As Scout begins school the image of Atticus as a hero starts to change and drifts in to a picture of an old man who is incapable of doing anything fun or cool On
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