To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Does the novel end with an optimistic way?

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The simple answer is "yes", but there are many reasons.

While this novel is a social commentary in many ways, at heart Harper Lee is telling a coming of age story. Scout is coming of age in a turbulent time, dealing with her own identity and her belief structure in a world that is discriminatory and prejudicial. As a protagonist, she does change. She becomes less volatile and more rational, more willing to accept the views of other. We see this first at "tea" with Aunt Alexandra, when she begins to accept the role of the female in society, and finally begins to appreciate her aunt. However, the most poignant moment occurs at the end, when Scout walks Boo Radley - Arthur Radley - home to his house. This man that once frightened her is now her protector and friend. As Scout stands...

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