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How is growing up a theme in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

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rory1005 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 10, 2008 at 10:03 AM via web

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How is growing up a theme in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

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anzio45 | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted December 10, 2008 at 5:39 PM (Answer #1)

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The novel has a very serious and 'adult' theme, racial prejudice, but the events are presented through the eyes - and very often ears - of a child, or you could say three children, as their world is the prism through which we experience the novel. Therefore the events of the novel are a learning experience for the children and they have to confront some very serious realities in a relatively short period of time - adult hypocrisy, racial tension, violence, human cruelty, parental indifference in the case of Dill, death. Everything is an education for them and it is interesting that in the only two instances in the novel where school education is portrayed it is if the lesson is that school is not where you learn - except indirectly - but that life is what teaches you and helps you to grow up.

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