To Kill a Mockingbird Questions and Answers
by Harper Lee

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, what are the ideas developed by Harper Lee about the pursuit of dreams and goals? What are the dreams and goals of the characters?

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It is no coincidence that the story takes place in childhood.  Children begin as blank slates, with hopes and dreams for the future.  Parents also have dreams for their children.  Atticus’s dream is to have his children grow up treating people well.  Aunt Alexandra’s dream is for Scout to grow to be a lady.  Jem dreams of a world where Tom Robinson...

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