It is astonishing how differently everyone thinks. Two people or groups may have very similar mindsets or perspectives on any given topic, but no two are ever exactly the same. Throughout the novel, Scout is one of the characters that learns this, and as the reader watches her gain a better understanding of the world, we also watch her grow and mature. Harper Lee utilizes characters, setting, and conflicts in order to magnify the significance of destroying innocence on coming of age in her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. One of the characters Harper Lee uses to demonstrate the significance of a loss of innocence on coming of age is the narrator, Scout. Just before Atticus announces to Alexandra, Calpurnia, Miss Maudie, and Scout that Tom …show more content…
Jem goes through this same loss of innocence in the book, but reacts differently than Scout does to certain changes. In the chapter before the women spend time at the Finch home, Jem and Scout have a conversation about the type of people there are in the world and the distinctions between them all. Their conversation starts with Jem trying to comfort Scout after her conversation with Alexandra in which she calls Walter and the Cunninghams trash and tells Scout she is a a problem to Atticus. They are contemplating what types of people there are in the world and the way each type lives. Jem wonders aloud why, ”If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other, ”after Scout makes that statement that there is only one type of people in the world (304). He then tells Scout that, ”Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time because he wants to stay inside,”(304). As he is beginning to recognize all the evil and wickedness in the world, he becomes aware that that is why Boo Radley never comes out. It’s not because anyone is holding him there; why would anyone want to go outside when there is all of …show more content…
The Courthouse, ironically enough, is a place that represents injustice in Maycomb. It is also a factor in the children's new perspective on the world as they gain a new understanding of people and lose their innocence as they mature and go through these situations and have new experiences. At the courthouse, Scout is describing all of the different people she sees such as the, ”more affluent who chased their food with drugstore Coca-Cola and bulb-shaped soda glasses,” and the, ”Negroes who sat quietly and the Sun dining on sardines, crackers, and the more vivid flavors of Nehi Cola,” (214). Here, she recognizes the physical differences of the people and Maycomb as she loses a little more of her innocence as she points out that the Negroes sat in the sun whereas the Whites sat in the shade. This is significant because even here, when both parties are so close in proximity, they still try to be as segregated as possible; the Whites get to be more comfortable than the Negroes. In addition, inside the Courthouse the Negroes get worse seating than the Whites and the whole jury is made up of somewhat uneducated White men, who will obviously be completely biased. Scout refers to the seating for the Negroes in the Courthouse as the ‘colored balcony,’ which seems to
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The major theme in To Kill a Mockingbird is the loss of innocence. Not only do Scout and Jem lose their innocence, but other characters do as well. Scout and Jem grow up throughout the book, as they are exposed to the realities of racism, hatred and child abuse. They witness racism in the Tom Robinson case when Mayella Ewell claims he took advantage of her, when it was really Bob Ewell that did it. The court voted Tom Robinson guilty because he was African American, and most of the town would have been furious if a white man was convicted over a black man.
It’s a hot and humid day and all of Maycomb is gathered to find out the truth behind what happened on the evening of November 21. The person in question is Tom Robinson an African American servant. He was accused by Mayella and Bob Ewell for rape of Mayella. The defendant, Tom Robinson, is supported and assisted by defence attorney Atticus Finch who is going against prosecuting attorney Mr.Gilmer. The courthouse was filled with people from all races, where the blacks sat in the balcony and the whites sat front and center in the lower level.
Throughout the book, Atticus tries very hard not to expose his children to Maycomb’s disease, but his attempt in sheltering them from the racism flowing throughout the town isn’t as successful as he had hoped; Jem and Scout are picture perfect examples of what the loss of innocence can do to children. On Scout’s first day of school, she is about as excited as a child can get; naturally, she would think her teacher would be amazed at her astounding reading capabilities, but upon reading the alphabet and quotes about the stock-market from The Mobile Register; and explaining that her father, Atticus, taught her what she knew Miss Caroline simply said that Atticus, “does not know how to teach” (23). Just by telling her this Scout felt as if it
In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee tells a poignant coming-of-age story about the loss of innocence in the character of Scout. Three significant events illustrate this fact. The first example portrayed in the novel occurred when Scout went to the jail to find out what Atticus was up to, only to find that a mob had arrived to lynch Tom Robinson. This event left Scout with the notion of a mob mentality. Another event was the turning point of the story, the trial of Tom Robinson; this defining moment taught Scout of prejudice and injustice.
If they's all alike, why do the go out of their way to despise each other (304)? " As Jem witnessed the trial and Atticus's feuds with the other familes in Maycomb, he realized that there was a lot of hate in the world. In conclusion, maturity and loss of innocence were big themes in the book To Kill A Mockingbird. Scout and Jem became more empathetic, controlled their actions, and changed their views on the world. As
The loss of innocence is a difficult experience for many, but it is a challenge we all go through. Jem, Tom, and Boo all relate to the loss of innocence. Boo was labeled as an evil person, Tom was judged by the color of his skin, and Jem was exposed to the adult world. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses a mockingbird to represent innocence in an attempt to portray the cruelty in the world.
To Kill A Mockingbird is a bildungsroman that takes place during the great depression. The main characters, Jem, Scout and Atticus are loosely based off of the author, Harper Lee’s childhood. The town of Maycomb is the setting, a poor town in Alabama. Jem, Scout, and Atticus are a family in this town. Atticus, the father, a lawyer.
Just standing on the Radley porch was enough. ”(279). Scout uses her imagination to try and view all the past events that have occurred through Boo’s eyes. When she does this she realizes that Boo isn’t a bad person at all, he is actually kind of like a guardian angel. Boo Radley’s character proves a great point that we should never judge or assume things about another person that we know nothing
The Evil’s Tolls “Inside each of us, there is the seed of both good and evil. It's a constant struggle as to which one will win. And one cannot exist without the other. ”--Eric Burdon. The book To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is based on the town of Maycomb during the great depression.
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.
When one grows up, it is inevitable they will lose their innocence. Seeing the world through rose colored glasses can only take one so far, and eventually they will have to open their eyes to real issues in their lives. While this happens at different ages for everyone, Atticus in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee believes that his kids should not be sheltered from the real world. As Scout and Jem, Atticus’ children, grow up, especially in a time where Maycomb is so segregated, Atticus teaches his kids real life lessons and to not become like the rest of their town; racist and judgemental. This comes with a cost, however, as the kids “grow up” at an expedited rate.
In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird, young Scout and her brother Jem begin to realize that the world may not be as pleasant as they might have thought it once was. At different times, both Scout and Jem start to learn that what they had always been told may not be necessarily true. Scout and Jem mature in very different ways; Jem starts to mature with age and experience, such as when he started middle school. He was easily annoyed with Scout but more aware of the world and more understanding of his father and was highly impacted by the trial, more so than his younger sister Scout. But Scout’s maturity began the night after she returned home from the mob at the jailhouse, she then realized the danger her father was in, and that the men that she stood in front of and talked too, were there to kill Tom, and were willing to hurt her father to get to him.
Throughout the novel, the reader would notice that Scout and Jem maturing from the beginning to end. In the beginning, Jem and Scout believe that everyone in the world is equal. This purity is later eliminated when Tom Robinson’s case begins. They lose their innocence when they witness Tom Robinson be punished for the crime he did not commit. This is when Jem and Scout realize the world is not fair, that not everybody is treated equally.
It constituted an enforcement of the conviction of unwritten laws the white privileged followed because the judicative in the United States did not provide the kind of justice they favored for defendants. The demonstration of Black’s powerlessness to boost their own feeling of superiority was common and practiced. When the mob in To Kill a Mockingbird arrives at Maycomb jail, Atticus sits in front of the door to ensure his defendant’s safety. Scout, Jem and a friend of them arrive at the jail where, the narrator Scout starts a conversation with a father of one of her classmates, Mr. Cunningham. That conversation apparently changes his mind as he is reminded of his own children and he tells the others to leave.