Theme Of Ignorance In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Some would say ignorance is bliss. While some may disagree with that statement, in the case of Jean Louise Finch —known as Scout in her childhood— the main protagonist in the novel, “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee, that statement is upheld. It is a sequel to the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”. The story begins in the 1950’s, as Jean Louise is returning to visit her hometown of Maycomb, Alabama from New York City. She made this journey to check up on her elderly father, Atticus, and during her time back in her hometown, she finds herself at odds with the ideals of the community she once thought she knew. Racial tensions have put southern beliefs and civil rights on opposite ends of the scales, something Jean Louise comes to notice during her visit and she comes to find that those close to her weren’t as just and right as she had believed them to be all her life.

Jean Louise spent her entire childhood in Maycomb, a very rural and southern area. She lived with Jem, her brother, Atticus, her father and Calpurnia, her black housekeeper. Since leaving Maycomb to attend college in New York City, Jean Louise has visited seldomly, one of the notable times being to attend the funeral of her brother Jem. During her visit, she spends quite a bit of time with her hometown friend, Hank and her uncle, Jack, both of whom are very close to Atticus. With both kids, no longer at home, her aunt Alexandra cares for Atticus in her absence. Her lack of presence in her hometown has proved to
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