To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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Brady Whitehill English TKAM Literary Analysis In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, innocence is a major theme that is widely portrayed by many things. Innocence is known as freedom from sin or moral wrong. Innocence is found waking up to birds singing and chirping, having a friendly neighbor commit a random act of kindness, or seeing a pet after a long day. In this book Scout learns the difference between believing everything she hears and seeing it for herself to prove them wrong. She goes through many things to get to this point, but eventually she realizes things aren’t always as they seem and innocence is found in places/people someone never would have guessed. In this novel, Tim Johnson, Boo Radley, and a mockingbird best represent the theme of Innocence. First, Tim Johnson represents innocence in To Kill a Mockingbird. Tim is a mad dog that was shot by Atticus but still remains in Scout’s thoughts. “I was very tired, and was drifting into sleep when the memory of Atticus calmly folding his newspaper and pushing back his hat became Atticus standing in the middle of an empty waiting street, pushing up his glasses. The full meaning of the night's events hit me and I began crying” (Lee 156). By continuously thinking about Tim, it shows how Scout feels uncomfortable with what happened because Tim is an innocent animal. There are other examples that demonstrate Tim Johnson representing innocence. While sitting in the courtroom, Scout’s thoughts drift to the incident once again. “I saw something only a lawyer’s child could be expected to see, could be expected to watch for, and it was like seeing Atticus walk into the street, raise a rifle to his shoulder and pull the trigger…” (211). When she is reminded of the innocence of Tom as he walks out into the courtroom and is found guilty by the jury, it immediately reminds her of Atticus’ misjudgment of Tim. Her

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