Childhood And The Innocents In Scout Finch By Harper Lee

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To Kill a Finch Childhood and the innocents that comes with it is extremely fragile and temporary. It can be easily lost and never regained. This is what happens to Scout Finch in by Harper Lee. Throughout the story Scout Finch grows up and learns the true nature of people and the world; thus revealing the underlying bigotry of 1930s Alabama. Along the way though she helps some people change their ways and regain a little of their own innocents while also learning valuable life lessons that in some ways take a little of her own away. Thus helping develop this theme of innocents. One of Scout’s life lessons she learns is the fact that people are not always what they appear to be or what other people say they are. She first discovers this …show more content…
He teachers her to look at things from another person’s perspective and consider their limited knowledge. For example, Scout has a mild fight with her teacher and now refuses to go back to school. After talking Atticus he says to her “First of all, if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view--- until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Lee 30). After considering her teacher Miss Caroline’s limited knowledge of Maycomb and its citizens because she is new in town, so Scout decided to go back to school. A very important way Scout uses this new trick she learned is when she stands on the front porch of the Radley house and she things from Boo’s point of view. She is able to see all the events that unfold on their road that can be observed from Boo’s front porch and understand how he saw the world.With this in mind; Scout teaches someone else this valuable lesson, Mr.Cunningham. According to Atticus “Mr. Cunningham’s basically a good man, he just has his blind spots along with the rest of us” (Lee 157). One night Atticus was sitting alone; or so he thought, guarding Tom Robinson from a lynching mob he knew would show up. When Atticus left that evening the children were curious as to where he went off to so naturally they followed him. Well when the mob showed up the children did not recognize most of the men except for Mr. Cunningham. When the children exposed themselves from the shadows to Atticus and the mob Scout tried to strike up a conversation with Mr. Cunningham. When Scout first tried to talk to him he completely ignored her until she started to talk about his son. When she started to talk about his son Mr. Cunningham began to look through the eyes of a fellow father and decided that he would not want his own kids to witness something like this, so he

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