The Coexistence of Good and Evil

642 WordsFeb 22, 20183 Pages
The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is often associated with a various number of themes such as racism, social inequality, the importance of family values, and much more. But one of the more hidden messages of the book centers around the idea that there is a coexistence of good and evil. This theme is really brought to life the more the reader is able to understand the book. Through sub themes such as coming of age, perspective, and intense characterization of many important characters the idea of good and evil is really brought to light. Through one of the main themes of the book, coming of age, the author is able to help the readers understand more fully the coexistence of good and evil in everyone. During the start of the novel there are many stereotypical statements said that the kids have always believed because they had no other knowledge of their own to rely on. But, as the children grow, loose their childhood innocence, and gain an understanding of others on their own, they are able to begin to see the good they have never seen, or the bad they have never seen. One example of this is when, at the end of the novel, Scout is describing Boo Radley to Atticus. “'When they finally saw him, why he hadn't done any of those things . . . Atticus, he was real nice. . . .' His hands were under my chin, pulling up the cover, tucking it around me. 'Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.' He turned out the light and went into Jem's room. He
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