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Difference Between Right And Wrong In To Kill A Mockingbird

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There is a bit of good and bad in everyone, no matter who you are, everyone learns the difference between right and wrong at some point in their lives. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee shows how people can change over just a few years, and how they can adapt and modify themselves to the world that is shifting around them. The novel is told from the perspective of a young girl named Scout. She shares that her brother Jem is an innocent boy with no judgment of good or bad, and throughout the course of the novel, Jem loses his innocence. Jem begins to understand the world around him as he learns the difference between right and wrong, and becomes more like his father Atticus Finch.

As the story progresses, Jem changes
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Jem makes a responsible choice. “you oughta let your mother know where you are,” said Jem “you oughta let her know you’re here…” […] then he rose and broke the reaming code of our childhood. […] “Atticus,” his voice was distant, “can you come here a minute, sir? (Lee 187-188). Even though the decision Jem makes breaks their childhood bond, he makes the right decision, the decision that is conscientious. It shows that he has matured. He has grown up and gains a strong moral compass.

By the end of the book, Jem has learned to hold his head up high and be confident in his own decisions. His change of perspective has also changed his own attitude, and he has inherited his father's kindness and views on parenting. Jem grows up over the course of the novel to be a mature young adult. In this novel, the Mockingbird represents innocence, even naivety or ignorance to the outside world of problems and politics. The title of this novel alludes to the death of innocence in the young, and Jem perfectly aligns with the meaning. “He had acquired a maddening air of wisdom” (Lee
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