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What are some similarities between Lily in The Secret Life of Bees and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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In addition to examples given in the previous answer, another similarity between these two characters is the fact that they are both white girls that end up in storylines in which they learn about the complexities of the African American experience, and racism in America.

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout witnesses the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man who was falsely accused of raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell. Over the course of the trial and its aftermath, Scout learns about segregation and the toxic and often violent nature of racism.

In The Secret Life of Bees, Lily also sees the violent nature of racism, as she witnesses...

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