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This essay will talk about the Theory of Moral Development Lawrence Kohlberg developed the theory He believed that people develop morals in stages on his scale of 1-6 Three characters from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee who illustrates Kohlbergs theory of moral development are Scout Atticus and Jem Finch Scout Finch appears to be on level 2 of Kohlbergs moral scale Scout sees eye to eye with other people When she first meets Dill she treats him the same as she would any other person she would meet Dill is black and Scout and Jem did not treat him differently because of that Scout treats all people the same On the first day of school Walter Cunningham gets Scout in a little bit of trouble Scout is very angry with him but quickly has a change of heart and invites him to have dinner with her family Even though Walter is poor and has a different life than Scout she still treats him the same as anybody else Scout also shares with other people equally Jem and Scout find a pack of gum in Boos tree and they split it up evenly Scout is a kind sharing individual that treats all people equally Atticus Finch who appears to be on level 5 of Kohlbergs moral scale He is constitutional and democratic The trial is an example of this Atticus gives everybody a fair chance at the trial and defends Tom fairly People respect his relativity of personal values Even the people that do not agree with him still respect his opinions Everyone at the trial could clearly see that Tom Robinson was innocent and even though Atticus lost they still respect him Atticus is legalistic but he thinks that the law can be changed for the benefit of society Atticus hates how the jury would never let a black man win in the courtroom He would change this if he
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