Essay on Innocence From The Great Depression

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Innocence to Knowledge Living in the south during the Great Depression are bleak and grim times. Severe discrimination and injustice exists in every town. These aspects only fasten the loss of innocence in children. Scout has to face many harsh aspects of the 1930’s in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. In this loss of innocence novel, she is countlessly exposed to the truths of life which hasten her passage to adulthood. {Although it is obvious that Lee stresses the importance of experience, some individuals contend that books are the best teacher of life lessons. Books can give you many scenarios that you would not be able to experience. They provide the thoughts and feelings of another that can be applied to real life.} Despite the knowledge obtainable from books, it cannot match the invaluable life lessons experience teaches. [Knowledge gained from experience is memorable and stays with one for a great time. Unlike reading books, experience allows the understanding and insight into the knowledge. By facing something with consequences, it lets one learn a lesson from it and grasp a greater perspective. Experience is necessary to be able to apply the knowledge one learns in reality.] In the bitter times of the 1930’s, exposure to the dark aspects of life allows Scout to gain invaluable knowledge showing that experience is the best teacher of lessons.
Scout comes upon many acts of courage during her childhood from which she learns a valuable life lesson. Scout first…

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