Essay on Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, the definition of innocence is “A freedom from guilt or sin through being unacquainted with evil; the lack of worldly experience or sophistication.” Many of the characters in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird have an innocence that has been untainted by the evils of the world. Jem, Scout, Dill and Tom Robinson’s innocence slowly diminishes throughout the story, all the while Mr. Atticus Finch is doing his best to show that even with all the evil humanity is plagued with; goodness still exists. The loss of one’s innocence occurs when a person is introduced to the evils that go on around us every day, and they gain an understanding of the true nature of man, both good and evil. One of the main events that happens during the story is Tom Robinson’s court case. Tom Robinson is a kind hearted, innocent negro man that never caused anyone any problems until he was falsely accused of raping and beating Mayella Ewell, the daughter of a white alcoholic father of seven that has no regards for his children what so ever. Atticus was chosen to defend Tom in a town full of racists who wanted to see Tom go the chair. Mr. Finch was the only one in town who believed that any man should be given a fair trial regardless of the color of his skin. During the trial, Mayella was on the stand and stated that Tom came into the house, came up from behind her, choked her, beat her and then continued to take advantage of her. Her story was shaky and…

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