Effects Of Loneliness In To Kill A Mockingbird
In C.P. Ellis’ article, Why I Joined the Klan, it is proved that loneliness is a key factor when people make decisions like these. The victims of isolation are commonly the ones to commit themselves to societies like the Ku Klux Klan. As they are progressing through their eye-opening summer, Jem and Scout Finch learn about the power of names in their society, the roles of destructive loneliness, and the loss of their innocence.
The power of names in Maycomb County seeps into every crease of the public images of it’s residents. Walter Cunningham Jr. was a victim of his family’s legacy. Given that he is a Cunningham, “The thing is, you can scrub Walter Cunningham till he shines, you can put him in shoes and a new suit, but he’ll never be like Jem” (Lee 300). Aunt Alexandra stresses the point that despite Walter, a Cunningham, cleaning himself up and presenting himself well, will never be like Jem, a Finch. Merely given his surname, Walter will not be invited into the Finch house while Aunty is present. Scout fails to understand that because her friend is a Cunningham, they are not ‘suppose’ to strengthen their bond. A Cunningham can never be cleaned up …show more content…
As Scout Finch is growing up, she is learning the secrets of life. She is maturing quickly and learning beyond her age, but as she is doing so, she is losing innocence after asking every question. “ What’s rape?” (Lee 180). As Scout is growing up, her inquiry is more present than ever. Once learning the answers to questions like these, recurrent losing of innocence occurs. Scout learning what rape is, is a symbol of her moving on from her childhood. Dill lost his innocence to the hate caused by the prejudice. “That old Mr.Gilmer doin’ him thataway, talking so hateful to him...It was the way he said it made me sick, plain sick” (Lee 265). Dill takes into account that Tom is still a person under his black skin. Him realise that how everybody treats colored folks is disgusting and immoral, causes Dill to lose innocence and become aware that the adult world isn’t about buying babies from a farm. He becomes physically sick to his stomach when he finds out how the prejudice behave towards people they dislike. Tom Robinson loses his innocence the second he is alone in the same room as Mayella Ewell. “ That nigger yonder took advantage of me” (Lee 251). Tom Robinson stood no chance of being innocent when he was testifying against white people. He was guiltless until Mayella Ewell screamed. He was guiltless until he went to court. And Tom Robinson was guiltless until he tried to escape his prison. Losing