Harper Lee challenges the values relating to prejudice in her times. Is she successful in To Kill a Mockingbird? Please explain why.

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Harper Lee is successful lin challenging prejudice ideas within the confines of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The story is told from the view point of a child, Scout. We see Scout grow to see and understand the injustices and prejudices around her. Since Scout as the narrator comes to recognize these prejudices, we are forced to see them through her eyes. Lee also allows the reader to see more than the characters in the novel. For instance, we know the truth about the situation with Tom Robinson, but many of the characters don't. The reader knows that he is innocent and understands why he is being accused. The town folk do not have the same information. This makes it easier for the reader to see the behavior towards Tom and Atticus as unfair and prejudice. Of course, this is all within the confines of the novel itself. The reaction to her novel in the time it was released was more varied.

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