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The Coexistence Of Good And Evil

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The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is often associated with a various number of themes such as racism, social inequality, the importance of family values, and much more. But one of the more hidden messages of the book centers around the idea that there is a coexistence of good and evil. This theme is really brought to life the more the reader is able to understand the book. Through sub themes such as coming of age, perspective, and intense characterization of many important characters the idea of good and evil is really brought to light.
Through one of the main themes of the book, coming of age, the author is able to help the readers understand more fully the ...view middle of the document...

Perspective and point of view is a second technique that the author is able to use, to show the coexistence of good and evil in people. The book is told from the eyes of the child, which changes the way it would be if it was told from an adult perspective. It is a unique story when it is told this way because of the child's naivety and the fact that there are many things that she either doesn’t understand or has misconceptions about. An example of one of these misunderstanding is her association with Calpurnia. Scout describes her by saying “…She was always ordering me out of the kitchen…and calling me home even when I wasn’t ready to come. Our battles were epic and one-sided… and I had felt her tyrannical presence as long as I could remember.” (Lee 3) From Scout's eyes we are given information to assume that Calpurnia is an unsympathetic, strict woman who only cares about ruining the children's lives. But, if the story would have been told from an adult's point of view, the readers would be able to see how truly loving and considerate she really is.
Being the genius that she is, Harper Lee is able to show the idea of the coexistence of good and evil through the words and the actions of the...

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