What does Scout learn when experiencing her fall from innocence in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Among the things that Scout learns:

  • She finds that her much anticipated school days are highly disappointing.
  • She finds that her teachers are mystifying (Miss Caroline) and, in Miss Gates' case, hyprocritical.
  • She discovers that many things said by adults (ex: the rumors about Boo) are untrue.
  • She finds that supposed ladies do not always act in a ladylike manner (ex: the missionary circle).
  • She sees that justice is not always served (ex: the jury's guilty verdict in the Tom Robinson trial).
  • She sees racism and bigotry first-hand.
  • She sees that her own beliefs are not always accurate (ex: Atticus being "feeble" and having no talents).
  • She recognizes that her behavior concerning the Boo Radley game and the children's attempts to draw Boo out were only invasions of his privacy.
  • She sees the evil that is evident in man (ex: Bob Ewell).
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To Kill a Mockingbird

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