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Scout's Rights of Passage

             Have you ever experienced prejudice? How did it affect you? Exposure to.
             prejudice is usually hurtful and you can have a feeling of shock or disgust. However, from being exposed to prejudice one can mature, and learn that prejudice is wrong. Before one can truly understand prejudice, one must observe it. There are scenarios where children grow up around prejudice. Some children embrace the prejudice, and others look on in disgust. Scout is an innocent child in the 1930's that matures into a more thoughtful person to other races as she learns of the prejudice in Maycomb in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
             Scout gives her own opinions on prejudice as she grows up. When Jem explains the classes in Maycomb, Scout gives her own theory, "Naw, Jem, I think there is.
             just one kind of folks. Folks," (227). The author is showing that Scout clearly isn't prejudice to different races in Maycomb. Furthermore, Scout is expressing her thoughts on prejudice; she believes all people should be considered the same. After class one day Scout tells Jem something about her teacher Miss Gates, "She went on today about how bad it was of [Adolf Hitler] to treat Jews like that. Jem, it's not right to persecute anybody, is it? [.] [Miss Gates] was talking with Miss Stephanie Crawford, I heard her say it's time somebody taught them [Negroes] a lesson," (247). In this part of the story,.
             Scout is realizing that there is not only prejudice, but there is also hipocracy in Maycomb. Also, Scout is learning that acting like a hypocrite like Miss Gates is wrong, and that she shouldn't act how Miss Gates acts even though Miss Gates is an adult and her teacher. As Scout is giving opinions on prejudice and learning about is, she begins to get used to different people.
             Scout becomes more comfortable around Negroes than other children. When.
             Calpurnia asks, "How"d you like to come to church with me?" (117), Scout replies enthusiastically.

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