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The Title Is The Bridge To Enlightenment. It Talks About How To Kill A Mockingbird Shows Us How A Typical Six Year Old Child And Go From Being Egotisical To More Morally Aware And World Centric.

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Albert Einstein, a famous theoretical physicist, once said, "The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." Human naivety and innocence often hide injustice and only furthers ignorance. We are often ignorant towards people around us because we are unable to understand our surroundings and empathize with those around us; thus, we pose a danger to the world because without understanding, the world will does not run as well as it could. However, innocence can be abolished, and awareness of those around us can be developed. In the historical fiction novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, the idea of empathy and innocence in children is explored, exemplified, and developed through the two main characters, Jem and Scout. The book covers the trial of a black man named Tom Robinson who is wrongfully accused of rape. With the horrifying experience of the trial, the children change from an innocent state of mind to one that is much more mature and developed. This transition is only possible because of empathy, as empathy acts as the bridge of transition between innocence and moral awareness. Harper Lee's novel allows us to track the psyche of a healthy six-year-old who exhibits egocentrism, and her development into an individual who exhibits moral awareness by means of empathy.When people are innocent, they are oblivious to the outside world; such obliviousness towards the outside world results in egocentrism. Jem and Scout both love to conjure false tales about Boo Radley. Boo Radley is their mysterious neighbor; He has been locked up in his house for countless years, and no one has ever seen him. Naturally, during the summer, the six-year-old Scout finds great pleasure in making up silly stories about Boo, the mysterious man. In fact, the two children contrive an entire plot about Boo. The plot ends with: "As Mr. Radley passed by, Boo drove the scissors into his parent's leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities" (11). This incident portrays innocence as a lack of worldly experience and knowledge, and Scout clearly exemplifies this. Because Scout lacks in worldly experience, she formulates frivolous stories about Boo. Her egocentrism is seen here because she can only see the world from her point of view. She is oblivious to Boo and his life; thus, she is unable to understand him, which further implies her egocentrism. She sees Boo as some horrible murderer, when Boo may be nice man in reality. However, Scout is not just oblivious to Boo, she is also oblivious to Walter Cunningham. Walter Cunningham goes to first grade with Scout, and his family is not as fortunate as Scout's. Although his family is extremely honest and hardworking, they do not have the same money that Scout's family has. While at school, Scout defends Walter when Miss Caroline Fisher, their first grade teacher, tries to give Walter money for lunch. Scout...

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