Loss Of Innocence In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Life is beautiful, but also very cruel. During one point in our lives we all have experienced discrimination. People usually tease other people about their gender, skin color, appearance, and other racial slurs. Although some of these may be trivial, however it could grow into something even worse. People were treated unfairly during the old days, which resulted in many different disagreements. The book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is a story about a little girl named Scout who grows up during the Great Depression. This book conveys some universal themes which are fate and free will, loss of innocence, and oppression of woman.
People of color had an unfair fate during the old days, nevertheless people will fight for their free will. …show more content…

Racism had a big impact in Jem and Scout’s childhood. “‘...but one in the courthouse lawing for n____!’...‘Yes indeed, what has this world come to when a Finch goes against his raising? I’ll tell you!’...‘Your father’s no better than the n___ and trash he works for!’” (Lee 135) Atticus’ kids, Jem and Scout, had to deal with racism from almost every white person. Since Atticus was representing for Tom, a black man, to be free. Most of the white people did not approve of it. Most parents, during these time, thought that black people were abominable. Although, Jem and Scout were taught differently. They were taught that black people were just regular people. It must have been confusing and hard for them to hear one thing from Atticus and another thing from everyone else. Consequently, Tom Robinson’s case had led to Scout and Jem hearing insults thrown at their father. “I had become accustomed to hearing insults aimed at Atticus. But this was the first one coming from an adult. Except for her remarks about Atticus, Mrs. Dubose’s attack was only routine” (Lee 136) Scout had heard many insults about her father from kids. Hearing rude comments about her father must have affected her. The case was very controversial and important, that parents had to tell their children about it. Parents usually withhold information from their children, because some things are left to be confidential until later. Although, when parents do tell their children about these stuff. It is usually to inform or create a lesson about it. Scout and Jem had heard many insults thrown at their own father, which made them learn not to always fight back. The worst part was that Tom Robinson’s case was about rape. “...‘that this courtroom be cleared of spectators, or at least of woman and children, a request that will be denied for the time being. People generally see what they look for and hear what

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