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Is there a capacity for the harmony of good and evil in humans? As human beings we often choose the wrong decision in the moment, thus showing our evil side. Other times we choose what is morally and ethically right, thus making our decision “good” and showing our good side. There is a potential for both good and evil in us all. Jem and scout, at the beginning of the book were innocent and also ignorant to evil. Dill said, “Jem, you and me can play and Scout can watch if she’s scared.” (P.51). You can tell from this statement they are children who don’t necessarily know what their doing all the time, and are innocent. They had not experienced the evil of the world. This is where they begin to grow and have more adult-like thoughts and actions, Jem especially experiences the terrible things that happen in the duration of the story. Jem goes through a time where he is beginning to ponder life and the things, good and evil, that can and do happen. You can see from the novel that Jem is maturing and thinking more as an adult that a child. ” Atticus,’ he said, Why don’t people like us and Miss Maudie ever sit on juries? You never see anybody from Maycomb on a jury. They all come out in the woods.’ “(Ch. 23; p. 221). As you can see from this quote Jem is beginning the step into becoming more of an adult by questioning things around him and not just accepting them as truth. Scout didn’t have to experience as much evil in humans as jem did. “Hey, Mr. Cunningham. How’s your entailment gettin’ along?”The big man blinked and hooked his thumbs in his overall straps. He seemed uncomfortable; he cleared his throat and looked away.”Don’t you remember me, Mr. Cunningham? I’m Jean Louise Finch. You brought us some hickory nuts one time, remember? I go to school with Walter. He’s your boy, ain’t he? Ain’t he, sir?”(Ch.15) From this we can see that scout is still innocent and not tainted by evil yet. Scout was still able to retain some of her childhood innocence while Jem’s was completely destroyed.In conclusion, there is a potential for good and evil in us so therefore Jem and scout were able to understand more about the world and how it works; they could now act more like adults. Atticus is unique to the story because he doesn’t seemed to be affected by the evil even with all the contact he has with it. He seems to be able to be a constant ethical figure in the Novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The children went from acting and thinking like children at the beginning to acting and thinking like adults. In the end having contact with evil and good can turn us into the people we want to be or the people that we are today. Depending on how we respond to it having experience with both can be a very positive aspect of life. We can see this from Jem and how he grew from this.


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