To Kill a Mockingbird

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Do you remember when you were just a child? When you believed in everything and everyone seemed to believe in you? This is how Scout and Jem Finch, two main characters in the bestseller To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, lived until they were revealed to the harshness and injustice that happens everyday in the adult world. To Kill A Mockingbird is a novel about youth seeing the hypocrisy, evil, and injustice in adult society. Though some people may consider children to be naïve and unintelligent because they have not seen all the bad in the world, in reality, children seem to have an extremely clear insight into most situations. Leading up to, during, and after the trial, Scout and Jem are revealed to the terrible traits of injustice humans seem to inquire when growing up.

Scout and Jem’s first contact with evil is shown in the form of racial prejudgment. Through out the novel, the children seem to loose their innocence and become confused with the actions of some adults. One of the first examples of racial injustice in this novel is when Calpurnia takes the children to an all black church. A black women named Lula proceeds to say “You ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillun here-they got their church, we got our’n” (Lee 119) making it obvious she does not want the children there because they are white. Lula complains of racism to black people, all the while she too is being unfair and racist. Scout, who narrates the novel, also tells another story of injustice she has seen. A lady named Ms. Gates once said she hates Hitler but is fine with the persecution of black people, showing hypocrisy and evil towards American Negroes for no apparent reason. Scout knows this is wrong stating, “how can you hate Hitler so bad an’ then turn around and be ugly about folks right at home” (Lee 247)

The trial is the event in this novel that shows the most evil and lack of fairness. Scout and Jem are told by their father, Atticus, that he took the case knowing he will...
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