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It is true that author Harper Lee allows the children to grow as they learn from the people and events around them. Occasionally, Jem and Scout need a little added explanation from father Atticus, but their maturity and knowledge is evident by the end of the novel. They learn that Boo Radley is not an invisible neighborhood ghoul but a caring--and, ultimately, protective--neighbor. They discover they have a true, adult friend in Miss Maudie. They discover through Mrs. Dubose that people are not always what they seem. Scout recognizes that teachers do not always practice what they teach. All three of the children recognize the racism inherent in the town when the jury convicts the obviously innocent Tom Robinson. Scout sees a different side of religious practices when she attends a meeting of the Missionary Circle. Jem and Scout both recognize that all poor families are not the same from their experiences with the Cunninghams and Ewells. And through Atticus they learn the understanding of honor, humility and inner strength.
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