To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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How is the theme of ignorance developed in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird?

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If the word ignorance means lacking knowledge, there is plenty of ignorance to be found in the town of Maycomb in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. The characters who clearly display ignorance are a sharp contrast to those who are not ignorant, and this contrast becomes a theme which demonstrates fairness and justice in the novel.

Miss Caroline is a school teacher who tries to implement all her fancy educational training for the benefit of her students; however, she is ignorant about the way things are done in Maycomb which causes all kinds of problems for her and for the class. The fact that Scout can already read is a challenge for Miss Caroline, so in her ignorance she demands that Scout discontinue her reading; in...

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