To Kill A Mockingbird Coming Of Age Quotes

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Everyone Grows Up Sometime: Coming of Age in To Kill a Mockingbird Prior to the spring break of my seventh grade year, I didn’t know how harsh the world could really be. I mean I knew about sickness, violence, death, all that good stuff, but I just sort of blew it off because nothing in my life had happened to where I needed to face those things. When I was 12 during spring break, I was as happy as any child would be on their spring vacation, but one day my parents pulled me and my brother aside and told us some pretty devastating news. They had told us that our grandfather had passed away in a house fire a few days ago. During that moment, I realized how much of an impact something like death could have on someone, and it made me realize that I had to mature faster than I had been. Just like I …show more content…

16). When Jem was young, he saw Boo Radley as this monstrous, savage, animalistic type character. Jem later recalls that he’s only met the man once when he was about the age of a toddler, so this just shows that Jem’s description of Boo is probably just his imagination. When Jem is older, he attends the Tom Robinson trial with Scout and Dill. At the end of the trial, Jem experiences a coming of age in that he now knows how adults function in the society in Maycomb. Before Jem knew the degree of how much everyone discriminated black people, he thought that Atticus was going to win the case. He even says, “Don’t fret, Reverend, we’ve won it,” (Lee, 1960, p. 212). After Tom Robinson is ruled guilty on the case, a crying Jem asks, “How could they do it, how could they?” (Lee, 1960, p. 216). The first quote shows that Jem thinks that Atticus clearly has more compelling evidence and doesn’t take into account that Tom Robinson is black and because of that, he’s going to lose the court case. The second quote shows that Jem now understands that Robinson lost the trial because he was black, but he still doesn’t know how

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