Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1671 Words Mar 7th, 2016 7 Pages
Innocence. Every human being is born with it, yet at some point in time that innocence will be lost. What must happen for someone’s innocence to be taken away? Does it come with age or do certain events speed up the process? Once someone loses their innocence does it change who they are? In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, the process of losing one’s innocence is shown to the readers. When a black man named Tom Robinson is accused of raping a white woman, he must go to court. Because of a detriment he possesses, his skin color, it is Tom against the white skinned people of Maycomb. One white man, different from the rest, knows that Tom is innocent so he decided to defend Tom during his trial. The man goes by the name Atticus Finch. Atticus’ two children, Jem and Scout, see the troubles the trial brings, and lose their innocence when the reality of the town is shown to them. Harper Lee uses conflict and characterization in her novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, to demonstrate the theme that although the reality of the world may rip the innocence from a person, what they choose to do with that reality defines who they really are as a person. In the beginning, Atticus, being the father of Jem and Scout, knows that through the troubles that the trial will bring his kids may lose their innocence, so he tries to make the harsh realization of the world as painless as possible. After Atticus decides to defend Tom Robinson, Scout comes home upset after a fight with her classmate,…

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