To Kill a Mockingbird essay

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In the bestselling novel "To Kill a Mockingbird", Harper Lee expresses that to grow up children must realize that not everything is fair. Jem and Scout show coming of age by questioning society and grasping reality. By becoming more mature they start to see a broader view of life.

Scout starts to see the idea that not everyone is equal with the Ewell family. She is confused by the idea that they don't have to go to school and are given money for not even working. Atticus explains that "It's against the law, allright,' said my father 'and it's certainly bad, but when a man spends his relief checks on green whiskey his children have a way of crying from hunger pains. I don't know of any landowner around here who begrudges those children any game their father can hit' 'Mr. Ewell shouldn't do that-" (41). Scout learns that not everyone is good and there are bad people in the world.

She also starts to realize that some people don't have as great of a life as her. The Ewell children starve sometimes and have an alcoholic father. They are poor and low class citizens that are looked down on. Scout, on the other hand, is fed everyday and is very

educated. Learning about the Ewells makes Scout see a different view of life in her community. This makes her more aware and mature. Harper Lee was trying to illustrate

that everyone shouldn't take what they have for granted. However, realizing that you have a better life than most makes you stronger and more appreciative.

Jem begins to see that some people are above the law Tom Robinson is declared guilty. He starts to see how society is segregated and unfair. Again Atticus explains that "There's something in...