Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel about growing up.’ Explore this statement about the novel by Harper Lee. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, the theme of growing up is clearly seen through the protagonist Scout and her brother Jem Finch as they grow up and mature in 1930’s Alabama. There are many examples of Scout and Jem growing up in the novel. None more significant than Scout’s development from behaving like a tomboy to understanding the traditional values of Southern Womanhood, Scout’s rapid change in view of the town ‘villain’ Boo Radley and Jem’s maturation from a young mischievous boy to a mature young man. All of the changes combine to highlight the overall theme of growing up in both Jem and Scout throughout the course of the novel.

At the beginning of the novel, Scout prefers to behave more like a tomboy, going against the traditional values of Southern Womanhood, however she grows up progressively and begins to understand what being a woman is about. Losing her mother at a young age and having only one sibling, an elder brother, Scout behaves differently to most girls around her age. She isn’t mature enough to decipher how she wants to act and is pressured by Jem to behave like a tomboy and not her true self. If she acts to feminine she runs the risk of being excluded from playing with him and Dill.

“Scout, I’m tellin’ you for the last time, shut your trap or go home — I declare to the Lord you’re gettin’ more like a girl every day!” With…

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