Coming Of Age

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Growing up is more than just getting taller, getting older or even growing more knowledgeable. A huge portion of growing up is coming of age, and coming of age is when there’s a time in one’s lifetime where the person goes through a significant experience that causes them to mature, learn and develop in responsibility. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, we see this theme presented throughout the book, like when before Mrs. Dubose had passed away and Jem had to read to her as a punishment for ruining her camellias while she was recovering from her morphine addiction. Another example of coming of age was when Atticus Finch had went to county jail at night to keep watch and protect Tom Robinson (a colored man convicted of raping a young …show more content…
When they arrive, an unfamiliar group of men showed up who appeared to want to hurt Tom Robinson and possibly Atticus because he would not let them through to get a hold of Tom.Scout bravely ran out to Atticus instead of leaving and behind her followed Jem. Atticus told them repeatedly to leave but the children refused to. While Scout was scanning faces in the crowd when she noticed a familiar one, Mr. Cunningham, who was the father of her friend Walter and Scout began speaking to him, first about Walter but then she stepped up and began speaking about something serious. She had brought up his legal entailments which as an effect caused him to be ashamed, so he told the men to clear out. Due to Scout’s decision of what to say at that time, the result was that the men left and she prevented many problems. Harper Lee uses literary elements to show the theme that part of coming of age is when courage is found within a person in the face of a difficult …show more content…
Cunningham’s legal entailments while she’s speaking to him and that supports the theme of finding courage in difficult situations. The character Scout Finch is a very unique child for the time period she lived in, the Great Depression and a generation filled with racism. She wore overalls while other girls wore dresses, and she would hang out with her brother and friend Dill instead of hanging out with other girls, therefore she was considered a tomboy. More so, she was tough and would probably even beat up kids such as Cecil Jacobs who she had disagreements with. Harper Lee used characterization, which is the creation and construction of a fictional character, to sculpt Scout’s character. Scout is a young girl, and instead of going away from the county jail after her brother Jem suggests it, she runs towards Atticus and the mob; which for a girl as young as her is a very brave and mature type of decision, especially considering how she didn’t know anyone in the mob and could’ve gotten in trouble for sneaking out at night. When she recognizes Mr. Cunningham in the crowd, her friend’s father, she doesn’t hesitate to begin speaking to him, first about his son, but then about his legal entailments, which she has a strong knowledge of and mistakenly uses against him, “ ‘Hey, Mr. Cunningham. How’s your entailments gettin’ along?’ Mr. Cunningham's legal entailments were well known to me; Atticus had once described them at length.”

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