In what ways is "To Kill a Mockingbird" a story of love of childhood, love of parenthood and love of humanity? Harper Lee called her novel "a love story." Accurate characterization of the novel?

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To kill a mockingbird is a novel written from the ponit of view of Scout who is a precocious 6 or 7 year-old. She is smart, cute, funny, and different from most girls in her age group.  She likes to "play with the boys", read with her father, and wear overalls. Her brother "puts up with her", but basically wants her to stay away from him while they are at school.

This story is about childhood innocence in full blossom. We see Jem, Dill, and Scout playing imaginary games about "Boo" Radley.  They were stopped by Atticus (scout's father) because the games were unkind toward their neighbor.  We see Jem being punished in a most peculiar manner by having to read to an elderly woman who almost always falls asleep during the reading session. We see Scout scolded for learning to read with her father who isn't a teacher.

At the children's appearance during the trial of Tom Robinson, we see that childhood innocence vanish. It may have had a deeper effect on Jem, but Scout's eyes are fully opened to...

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