Coming Of Age To Kill A Mockingbird

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Statistics have proven that the early experiences created in a child’s life, have a direct impact on how they develop learning skills as well as social and emotional abilities. To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming of age novel which reflects on the experiences and life lessons taught to the novels protagonist, Scout Finch, through the ages of 5 to 9, taking place in Southern Alabama, in the 1960’s. Unlike most 5-year old girls, Scout is unusually intelligent, as she already knows how to read, and wear boys clothing, which is not seen as lady like in the proper town of Maycomb. Scouts is this way due to her father Atticus’ off hand parenting style, who teaches her to express herself, and the unnecessity to meet societies expectations. Her initial …show more content…
When Jem and Scout are given air riffles from their Uncle Jack, Atticus would not teach them how to shoot, but made a rule, “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (119). Scout is taken back by this statement and furthermore, asks Miss Maudie who agrees with the statement to explain, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (119). It is a sin to kill a mockingbird, metaphorically means to not harm nor take advantage of those innocent, or weaker than you. Scout takes this known knowledge, and begins to apply it to the scenarios that unfold in the court room during the Tom Robinson trials, as well as her encounter with Boo Radley. Although Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are the most identifiable mockingbirds in the novel, Scout begins to convey an image of innocence towards Mayella, as she is able to see her side of side of the story during Tom’s testimony. Scout identifies Mayella’s loneliness, given she had no friends and is isolated from society, leading t the explanation as to why she took advantage of Tom. This is especially difficult to imagine, given the fact that Scout is rooting for Tom and knows he is …show more content…
In the simplicity of those 8 words, Scout proves that she clearly understands the lessons in which Atticus taught her, regarding courage, fairness, and prejudice, which are the cause of her maturation. She shows signs of compassion when she says, “I slipped my hand into the crook of his arm… if Miss Stephanie Crawford was watching from her window, she would see Arthur Radley escorting me down the sidewalk, as any gentleman would do” (373). Scout takes into consideration the perspective of Miss Stephanie Crawford, as well of that in Boo Radley as he is viewed as a menace to society, which she now understands, would no longer want him to be confused

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