To Kill A Mockingbird Childhood Analysis

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Harper Lee portrays childhood as curious and innocent, but also the “more real” aspects of growing up; the fear, the stupidity, and the flaws.The meaning of To Kill A Mockingbird is, childhood plays an extremely large role in a person’s life, and it shapes one’s views, and goals in their future. Times that Lee represents the importance of childhood are when; Scout is curious about Boo (Arthur) Radley, when Scout and Jem sneak into the courtroom, and when Scout walks Boo Radley home. Throughout the entire book, Scout is curious about Boo Radley; how he looks, how he acts, and why he has been hiding in his home for so many years. Scout is led to believe that Boo is some sort of monster, and she would run passed his house every day. “As the year passed, released from school thirty minutes before Jem, who had to stay until three o’clock, I ran by the Radley Place as fast as I could, not stopping until I reached the safety of our front porch.” (page 33) Scout was afraid of Boo, because she grew up hearing all of the terrible rumors about him. Jem, Scout, and Dill also play taunting games involving Boo. Scout explains that Jem made up a game called “Boo Radley.” This game was meant to prove the bravery of someone. They would play out Boo Radley’s life, and as the summer went on, their game became more complex, and so did their imaginations. When the Tom Robinson trial is going on, Jem and Scout decide to sneak in and see what all of the town fuss was about. During the trial,
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