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In the novel Witness by Karen Hesse Leanora Sutter a twelve-year-old girl moves to a rural town in Vermont where the Ku Klux Klan is gaining prominence In her town Leanora is a victim of relentless discrimination solely because of her dark skin color When the Ku Klux Klan starts becoming more powerful people start to go out of their way even more to harass her and to try to make her miserable Leanora does not retaliate or even seek revenge she goes about her life the best she can being nice to people not because she is trying to kill them with kindness but because that is just the kind of person she is As time goes on the townspeople start to realize that they were wrong in judging Leanora and increasingly become more open-minded about their prior prejudices Throughout Witness Leanora Sutter starts out playing the role of the victim but as the novel progresses she transforms into the hero In the beginning of the novel Leanora is a victim of relentless bullying and harassment by many people in town This is first shown in the novel when Merlin talks about the first time he encountered Leanora saying that She turned and stared through him that witchy girl with those fuming eyes 4 He believes that she meant to put a curse on him 4 This shows us that even from the beginning Leanora is seen as a witch and that although she had not yet even met Merlin he makes the assumption that she is up to no good and is trying to put a curse on him Though Leanora falls victim to the towns ruthless harassment she tries to go on with her life the best she can trying to keep a low profile to avoid causing any trouble but the daily torturing that the townspeople put her through takes its toll on her An example of this is when she
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