How Did Harper Lee Lose Innocence In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Sam Kapner Mr. Confino Eng. 9BH p.2 10 March 2014 Growing Up and Losing Innocence in To Kill a Mockingbird by: Harper Lee Most kids experience an event that forces or convinces them to grow up; this event makes kids lose their childlike innocence. Jem and Scout the main characters in the book, underwent many challenges during their early life that resulted in them maturing at a young age and experiences that made them lose their innocence. At the start of the book as a 6 and 10 year old, Scout and Jem didn’t understand Maycomb’s view towards blacks and how to act about people like Boo Radley. Through being exposed to the adult world because of learning whom Boo Radley was and the Tom Robinson trial, the kids started to grow up and they…show more content…
They thought his story was scary and it fascinated them, but did show them a scary subject that matured the kids. During the summer Jem, Dill and Scout would play make believe games and one of their games was the story of Boo Radley. One day while playing Atticus noticed their game and told Jem to “Stop tormenting that man...Putting his life’s history on display”(Lee 65). Despite the fact the kids were doing this unintentionally, Atticus made them realize the story is upsetting and they are making fun of Boo. The kid’s lost part of their childhood innocence learning how serious the story is and that they are hurting somebody by portraying it. As the story progresses, Atticus must take a case of a black man named Tom Robinson, who is accused of rape. Scout overhears her dad, discussing with his brother Jack, that the case is already lost even if Tom could be innocent. Scout doesn’t understand why her dad thinks this, until years later when she realized “He wanted me to hear every word he said”(Lee 117). Atticus wanted Scout to hear this, so she could mature by understanding that because Tom is black, he will have a little chance of winning. Atticus wants Scout to realize that in Maycomb, things aren’t always fair and though realizing that Scout grew more of an understanding of how bad people in maycomb can be. Through the first half of the story Jem and Scout really mature through their

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