There is no doubt that Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a moving story of racial injustice in the South as well as a touching coming-of-age story. The courtroom scene demonstrates the depth of the bigotry in the area, stirring the consciences of all readers. Only the most obtuse of readers can fail to be affected by the adventures of Scout and Jem.
Unfortunately, the novel tells its story with too much clarity;
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the expense of character. She manages the job so skillfully that usually the reader is not aware of what is happening at first-read. It is only after putting the book away that the reader recognizes the deception, throwing all the considerations reached by the reader into doubt. Since the revelations of the character cannot be trusted, the unfortunate truth is that it becomes difficult to trust all else that Harper attempts to share.