'Guilty...guilty...guilty...guilty...' I peeked at Jem: his hands were white from gripping the balcony rail, and his shoulders jerked as if each "guilty" was a separate stab between them… (Lee 211). Jem and Scout Finch from the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Arnold Spirit (Junior) from The Absolutely True Diary by Sherman Alexie all show that innocence is lost when compassion is found.
In To Kill A Mockingbird, both Jem and Scout show innocence. Scout when her classmates are making fun of Atticus for defending a black man , and Jem when he believed Nathan Radley when he cemented the tree because it was “ill”. Scout hears her classmates saying terrible things about Atticus because he's defending a black man, but she doesn't see the wrong in what her father is doing. Atticus explains to her that it's not really a bad thing, but some people see it that way. Scout is too young to understand prejudice and injustice. Atticus tries to preserve this innocence by raising her to believe that there is nothing wrong with defending a black man. Jem also shows innocence in To Kill A Mockingbird. Jem shows his innocence in chapter 7 when Nathan Radley sealed the children's secret knothole. Jem naturally believed Nathan Radley when …show more content…
An example of this is when Nathan Radley sealed the children's secret knothole. What Jem didn’t realize is that Nathan Radley was trying to stop communication from Scout, Jem, and Boo Radley. However, Jem learned from Atticus that the tree was perfectly healthy, and Jem soon realized that he had been lied to. Jem saw that Nathan's true reason was simply to prevent Boo from making any further contact with the children. “He stood there until nightfall, and I waited for him. When we went in the house, I saw he had been crying; his face was dirty in the right places, but I thought it odd that I had not heard him.” (Lee chapter
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There are many examples of innocence in To Kill a Mockingbird. One is when Scout and Jem discover that he Atticus can shoot extremely well. This is demonstrated when Atticus shot the dog that was diseased. (chapter 10) Another is when Jem cries when Tom is found guilty.
Fearless Leader In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird Atticus Finch searches for true justice despite racial adversities in Maycomb County. Atticus defends an African American man for a vicious crime in a prestigious community. As a single father, Atticus teaches life lessons to his children during this tumultuous time. Atticus Finch demonstrates empathy while often putting his family and himself in danger.
In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the prominent theme of loss of innocence reoccurs throughout the book in certain characters dialect and actions. Jem, Scout, and Boo Radley show the theme of loss of innocence many times through the book. Loss of innocence is an important theme and helps the reader understand what these characters are thinking. As shown in the book, Jem gets older and more mature through the book, and by doing that, he loses his innocence. Before the trial, Jem had a childlike perspective of the world and played like a normal kid would.
Throughout the book we see her innocence, but also her loss of innocence, which is a big quality of a mockingbird. Her innocence is shown when the lynching mob goes to kill Tom, she appeals emotionally to Walter
Her classmates are saying these things because Atticus is defending a black man. Scout goes home and asks her father why her classmates think this is wrong and why he is defending Tom if everyone else wouldn't. Atticus says, “Because I could never ask you to mind me again. Scout, simply by the nature of the work, every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affects him personally.
Scout was raised a different way than other children in the 1930’s. She doesn’t think defending an African American man was terrible when Atticus takes on the job of defending an African American. Scout sees nothing wrong with defending Negros, as Scout states “Don’t all Lawyers defend Negros’ (Lee 100). Scout thinks all Lawyers defend Negros, in her mind there is nothing wrong and she wasn’t raised to disrespect or treat Negros a certain way.
Innocence is the lack of knowledge of a person understanding towards certain subjects. Which often makes people react in many ways or it changes the person's point of views. Through the children one thing that makes them so pure and beautiful is there quality of being innocent in certain situations of the book. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the author Harper Lee is showing that life is full of innocence whether it be through lack of knowledge, being unaware of the bias, or avoiding the selfishness of others opinions.
The first person to lose their innocence is Boo (Arthur) Radley. He loses his innocence because of the judgemental people in Maycomb. The people in Maycomb are mostly zealots and describe him as a terrible person who has done terrible things but the people saying this story truly don’t know what happened. They just know the myths
In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird the author Harper Lee creates a strong theme showing how two of the main characters represent the innocence of a mockingbird. The two characters that are portrayed as sinners are accused of by men who are blinded by pride to the point where lives are taken. The virtue of Tom Robinson is displayed throughout the course of this story. For example, a witness from the audience at Tom Robinson’s trial speaks out and announces, “I just want the whole lot of you to know one thing right now.
Have you ever wondered which event in your life made you see everything differently? Everybody faces various experiences with the realities of the world that eventually results in the loss of their innocence. The loss of innocence can be the outcome of an incident witnessed, a final conclusion about an issue, or an understanding of a situation. The loss of innocence is the same thing as maturity. Now, of course, you can’t go to sleep one night and wake up mature.
But that didn’t change what would actually happen. Jem has to accept the fact that he can’t do anything to change the jurors minds. Each “stab” of the word guilty between his shoulders indicates that he is losing his innocence with each person's claim of guilty. Then in chapter 22 after the trial was over and the Finches began walking home, Scout describes, “It was Jem's turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd. '
The next example of the theme of innocence is yet another mockingbird Jem. Jem’s innocence is a childish one. Although it can be argued that he is not a mockingbird there are also telltale signs that he is. Jem starts out in the book as a child he views the people of Maycomb as all being naturally good. Textual evidence that supports this is "it 's like being a caterpillar in a cocoon, that 's what it is," he said.
The Mockingbird Spirit of Innocence How do you define innocence? Is there someone out in the world who is purely innocent? To understand innocence you should look at what a mockingbird does, because all they do is sing. In Harper Lee’s classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus and Miss Maudie teach Scout and Jem that it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.
In the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, Jem Finch goes through change and his innocence of the world is lost as the book progresses. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem loses his innocence when he stops playing games with Scout and Dill. As Dill and Scout would play in their tree house, Jem would not want to come play with them. Jem didn’t think they were cool.
Though many people think that emotion helps make rational resolutions, often times it hurts one’s ability to do so. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout, the protagonist, and her family discover the need for logic when her father takes an important court case. Sadly, most of the people of Maycomb in the 1930s became corrupt because they do not use rationality in their lives. Throughout the novel, Scout and the reader both learn that one should not let their emotions rule their reason when making decisions. Even before the court case began, Scout learns about the recurring theme of logic being more effective than her feelings when forming opinions of others and in communicating.