What are some examples of the coexistence of good and evil in To Kill A Mockingbird?

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Although most characters in To Kill a Mockingbird are clearly on the side of good (Atticus, Miss Maudie) or evil (Bob Ewell), a few are conflicted in their morality:

  • Walter Cunningham, Sr.: once a member of a lynch mob that sought vigilante justice against Tom, Walter, Sr. became a more tolerant and empathetic man by the end of the novel.
  • Mrs. Dubose: once the vitriolic berater of children, Mrs. Dubose showed great courage in battling her morphine addiction
  • Aunt Alexandra: once a champion of Southern Aristocratic debutante values, Aunt Alexandra is more accepting and open-minded once the trial begins and she sees the effects of racism on her family



Even a few institutions are places where good and evil coexist:

  • Scout's school: Miss Fisher tries to teach the class to read while--at the same time--telling Scout she learned to read all wrong.
  • Maycomb County Courthouse: Atticus' closing statement urges equality for all.  Judge Taylor is an honorable man, but the antics of Mr. Gilmer, Mayella and Bob Ewell reveal that no real justice can befit Tom Robinson


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