To Kill a Mockingbird Theme of Innocence

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The epic poem To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee demonstrates the story of a girl during the Great Depression. Scout and Jem, young kids, live their life with adventure and mystery. Atticus their father is a newly admitted lawyer to the town of Maycomb. As a father Atticus tries to teach his children whats right from wrong and guide them through life’s concerns and curiosities. Life in Maycomb seems perfect to Scout but she is oblivious to how horrible conditions really are. This perspective empowers the theme of the novel, to do what is good in the view of society’s norms may not correlate with what is right. Racisms influence on justice, social structure, and economic status are greatly troubling and misunderstood constructs for Scout to comprehend and is a major theme in the novel. One example of innocence being portrayed in the text through justice in the court scene. In part two of the book Scout witnesses a court case where her father defends a African-American. One of the views Scout sees is that Atticus is the only person willing to defend Tom Robinson after being giving that position. Atticus truly believes that Tom Robinson is innocent and that he has done nothing wrong, although he knows he will result in being guilty to the jury. Being colored automatically made a person guilty during this time and nobody had thought that it was unfair. “Well most folks seem to think they’re right and you’re wrong….”(139) Scout says this to her father and doesn’t understand the essence of the court case. Scout hears different points of views about the case not knowing which side is right. In this time period a person would have an understanding of the prejudice against the colored. As a child, going to school it is expected that a student should accept whatever is told to them, and often times that is incorrect. “We're askin' him real politely to come out
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