The Morals of a Mockingbird: From Innocence to Experience

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"Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ˜em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.  Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is the poignant story of two young children's experiences growing up in a racially divided southern town. The title To Kill a Mockingbird carries the symbolic idea of the destruction of innocence, a mockingbird is essentially the idea of innocence, and if it is a sin to kill a mockingbird then it is a sin to take an innocent life. Harper Lee's novel explores the moral nature of human beings as Jem and Scout are introduced to the various evils in the world and as they begin to notice the "mockingbirds  in their own town. Jem and Scout's father, Atticus, is an influential character in their development, his wise parenting ultimately wins their respect, and the children's devotion to him runs deep. With their father's help, the children learn from their experiences and progress through levels of morality until they develop the compassionate ability to consider things from another person's perspective.

"Scout's progress as a character in the novel is defined by her gradual development towards understand

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