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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

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Prove that the author remains optimistic and positive at the end. Despite all the hatred and violence that are revealed in this novel.

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Despite the unfair charges against Tom Robinson and his later death, the conclusion of To Kill a Mockingbird remains upbeat. Jem and Scout have survived the attack, and the terrible Bob Ewell is dead--never to terrorize the citizens of Maycomb again. Boo Radley's privacy is preserved, and he can return to the safety and seclusion of his home. Aunt Alexandra has shown her tender side at last, tending to Jem and Scout after the attack. Scout has seen a great deal as a young child, and she now sees her neighborhood in a new, enlightened way. It is a safe place, with no ghouls or would-be killers on the loose. We know from the beginning of the story, when Scout narrates in retrospect, that she and her brother have turned out well. Above all, she knows that Atticus will still be there when the two children wake up in the morning.

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