Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1278 Words Dec 14th, 2016 6 Pages
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee focuses mainly on innocence throughout the novel, the mockingbird came to represent the idea of innocence. Killing a mockingbird means a loss of innocence I the eyes of the reader. Throughout the book many of the characters can be identified as mockingbirds. Jem, Scout, Dill, and Boo all lost their innocence as they grew up in a town such as Maycomb. Tom Robinson is another example of a mockingbird in this book because of the injustices he faces being a colored man in Maycomb. The intention of this essay is to identify the characters and their reasons for losing their innocence throughout the book. Scout is an example of a mockingbird. She is an innocent five-year old child who has never had an encounter with evil, which is mainly due to her father’s protection. Jem and Scouts last name is Finch which goes a long with the theme of birds indicating their innocence, and that they were particularly vulnerable in the racist world of Maycomb, which often treats innocence of childhood harshly. As the book progresses, her innocence is slowly taken away from her. When Scouts father tried to protect an innocent man, Tom Robinson, from being convicted of a crime that he never committed, it showed us how she was exposed to this racial prejudice; this took away her innocence. When Jem and Scout received their first air rifle, their first thought and desire to shoot birds was taken for granted. Atticus refused to teach them how to shoot,…

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