To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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Drugs, pregnancy, and rebellion are all signs of a person’s loss of innocence, and bad parenting. However, people react differently to the loss of their innocence, and with good parenting, children can grow in a positive way that influences our world. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird Jem, Dill, and Scout mature as they watch Maycomb commit the “sin” of killing a mockingbird. Yet, because of the children’s knowledge and past experiences each of them reacts and matures differently to the situation they encounter. Over the course of the novel, Jem’s concern for other innocent creatures changes dramatically. In the first few chapters, Jem shows his selfishness and naïve view of life by stating that a turtle would come out by striking a match under him. However, after witnessing the prejudice in the Tom Robinson case, Jem understands the pain that comes from the power of hate. From then on, Jem is protective of every innocent creature. This is shown as he tells Scout that the reason she shouldn’t squash the Rolly Polly was because “They didn’t bother you.” (pg. 238). This alone does not satisfy Jem. Instead he questions the justice system with his father. Even with the prefudice Jem still can’t understand why the infallible battle Atticus led failed. Instead of finding answers, he finds more prejudice. This so-called justice system excluded women from becoming juries. One day though, Jem will be just like his father and continue the fight against prejudice. Dill, unlike Jem and Scout, has grown up most of his life feeling rejected. He does not want to admit it, but he doesn’t have “parents” that love him. Often times he hides the truth behind his wild stories and dreams. However, after listening to Mr. Gilman’s explanation of why he fools Maycomb, he realizes that people are so blinded by prejudice, that hate is stronger than reason. After seeing this, Dill no

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