Essay on `` The Innocent Have No Enemy But Time `` By Harper Lee

1558 Words May 4th, 2016 7 Pages
William Butler Yeats wrote, “The innocent… have no enemy but time.” But is this quote necessarily true? Innocence eventually fades from humans, but is time the only factor in the loss of innocence? To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, portrays a young naïve girl named Scout and her brother Jem as they grow up in Alabama during The Great Depression. The children confront problems surrounding reputation and racism. Their father Atticus, a lawyer, is representing a black man, Tom Robinson, who is charged with raping a white woman. This case is surrounded in controversy and brings attention to the social injustices in the south. These issues cause Scout to mature drastically in a short period of time. As the book progresses, Boo Radley and Tom Robinson, two men who are critically affected by the racism and the gossiping of the town, impact Scout. As the children mature, the mockingbird, a symbol of innocence, appears and develops. Throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the mockingbird, a symbol of innocence, is embodied through various characters. Each character’s individual innocence evolves and is impacted in differing ways.
Scout, unaware of her innocence, rapidly matures due to the racial injustices of the town of Maycomb. Prior to the trial of Tom Robinson, Scout is naïve, self-centered, and is ignorant of her innocence. One example of her innocence occurs on the first day of school. Walter Cunningham, a poor boy, shows up to school without his lunch. The…

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