How is Scout exposed to evil in the world in To Kill A Mockingbird?How is she exposed to evil in the world? I need a specific example. Thanks!

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James Kelley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are probably a number of examples in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird that you might look at when trying to answer that question about how Scout is exposed to evil in the world.

Early in the novel, she's exposed to evil in a very abstract sense when the school teacher talks about the cruelty of the Nazis toward the Jews. This lesson remains very abstract, however, and the teacher herself does not even reflect on how much the racism in their town of Maycomb mirrors the anti-Semitism of Nazi Germany.

Later in the novel, Scout is exposed to evil more directly and more concretely when she sees the jury convict Tom Robinson on the grounds simply that he is black and his accusers are white. She encounters evil, too, in the final chapters, when Jem and she are attacked by Bob Ewell on their way home from the Halloween pageant.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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