Scout's Innocence In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Leonard F. Peltier once believed, “We all begin in innocence. We all become guilty” In “To Kill A Mockingbird” Harper Lee uses the prospective of an innocent six year old child named Scout Finch. Throughout the book, however, she encounters many difficult situations. She undergoes becoming a lady not the mention she deals with racism throughout her town. She even has to deal with rumors of Boo Radley. Harper Lee shows Scout experiencing mature situations to examine the corruption of a child’s innocence to show the process of coming of age.
Through the process of Scout’s maturity, Aunt Alexandra has a big role in showing that growing up takes a lot of sacrifice. Alexandra shows Scout through her actions, “She patted her hair and said, ’Do it
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Adults seem to handle the unfairness of others treatments better than children, “Let [Dill] get a little bit older and he won’t get sick and cry” (Lee 170). The trail is against a black man named Tom against a white family whose names are Bob and Mayella Ewell. Tom was trialed for raping Mayella. That, however, isn’t the truth, for Bob Ewell beat his daughter for taunting a black man. Tom was found guilty, however, the evidence was clear to show he couldn’t have done anything. Children are so innocent, they only see the right and wrong things. The world isn’t only in black and white, there are many different shades of gray in …show more content…
Being judged for what makes you happy should never be the case, “Secretly, Miss. Finch, I’m not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that’s the way I want to live” (Lee 170). He is shamed for being with a colored woman and having mixed children. In order for the town to look down upon him for a real reason, he pretends to be an alcoholic. Through his actions, he teaches the children to never be ashamed of who they are and who they love. To never let go of what means the most to them even if they are shamed for it, is the point he is trying to prove. Innocence may be lost in the process, but it’s a price worth paying for.
Boo Radley’s presence in the story helps Scout realize growing up takes a lot more sacrifice than what she first thought. She has begun to see the world in other’s point of views, “I have never seen our neighborhood from this angle” (Lee 236). For instance, after taking Boo home, she stands on his porch to only see what he sees. What the outside world to Boo Radley looks like. What she sees, from her point of view, is different from what Boo sees. Putting her views in Boo’s views helps her being more mature as she’s starting to grow

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