Multiple Perspectives, Hero's Journey and Innocence to Experience in Tkam

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To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the few books that have many very important themes, such as multiple perspectives, a hero’s journey, and innocence to experience. To Kill a Mockingbird’s story is set up to tell almost all the character’s points of view, even though Scout is the main character. Each character has different perspectives on the issues in the story, and the most important is racism. The most prominent point of view in To Kill a Mockingbird is Atticus’. "As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it-whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash." (220) Atticus says. As opposed to most of the points of view of the other Maycomb residents, he stresses the fact that all men are created equal. To Kill a Mockingbird also tells the theme of a hero’s journey. That hero is Atticus, who fights for racial justice. Atticus seems like a sort of “Superman” in the county of Maycomb, as he does many things that other people don’t want to do or can’t do. For instance he is the one who has to take care of a mad dog who is loose on the streets, and he guns it down in one shot. People call Atticus names because he is not racist, and his daughter Scout retaliates against them. “Atticus had promised me he would wear me out if he ever heard of me fighting any more.” (99) Scout thinks. Atticus tells Scout to ignore the comments, and let them say what they want. He seems invincible, until he is faced with Tom Robinson’s trial. He knows that he will not win this case, for the racism among the Maycomb residents is too strong. Yet he perseveres, trying to get an appeal from the court, on behalf of Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson was an innocent man, and the whole Maycomb community knew

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