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Maturation of Scout in to Kill a Mockingbird

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Children will always begin in the world with a fresh slate, A start to life where there are no prejudices or horrible life experiences to corrupt their conscience. However as people grow and change, They learn about the values and morals of their society. Such values, pertaining to “To Kill a Mockingbird”, by Harper Lee, include the essence of courage, the ability to “look the other way”, and finally the compassion to be able to see the world in someone else’s eyes. To Kill a Mockingbird focuses on the depravity of American society and beliefs, and the capacity it takes to overcome it. Scout learns valuable life lessons through her own experiences as well as the people who surround her, and as a result is an understanding, unprejudiced girl. Scout begins as a young, unaware girl who is often acting without thinking, and shrinking away from her problems. For example, On the first day of school, Scout has a disagreement with one of the teachers about reading, which prompts her to beg her father, Atticus, “Please don’t make me go back”, reiterating the idea that Scout hides from her issues. However Atticus begins to teach her to see things through Caroline Fisher’s point of view. Scout shows improvement already by pointing out that every society is different and that they “could not expect her to learn all Maycomb's ways in one day." Without Atticus to nurture Scouts mind and teach her good from evil, she would not have developed into the girl she is by the end of the book. Similarly, in the novel “Of Mice and Men”, George explains to Lennie “We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us.”, legitimizing that if you don’t have people in the world that you look to for guidance, as Atticus does to Scout, then you will not learn from your past. Scout is evolving further into the novel and has begun to sympathize with other characters as well as understand the world around her. She demonstrates that she has learned from Atticus’s advice when...