The Loss Of Childhood In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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The infamous old court house still stands, and the locals of Monroeville can still remember the eerie house that once resembled the chilling tale of the Radley house in Harper Lee 's prize winning work To Kill A Mockingbird (Wilson, Mike 2010). Author Harper Lee allows her readers to not only encounter a perspective of living in the imaginary town of Maycomb, but also gives the readers a view of her own childhood back in the 1930s. She uses her experiences and connects them through the main characters, Scout Finch, Atticus Finch, and Tom Robinson. Her life impacts the novel’s setting of Monroeville County that was during The Great Depression, and the themes presented of social prejudice, racial injustice, and the loss of innocence as children …show more content…
Scout is introduced into the novel as a very young, and innocent girl. She had much more time to learn and grow, she did not yet have the knowledge, or the maturity to understand the largely themed topics of racism and social classes that were presented in the novel. Lee demonstrates through Scout that children do not let other people’s opinions and societal ways influence on what they think is wrong, like convicting a black male who had an overwhelming amount of evidence that shown he was not guilty of his verdict. Scout did not understand why Tom Robinson had to go to jail when even she could see that he did not harm Mayella Ewell. This can be connected to Harper Lee when she was young, and the Scottsboro Trials had been taking place. She could relate to Scout being confused on how the men were found guilty. The 1930s is a time before Martin Luther King’s timeless speech, when the start of equality had become widespread around the world. Therefore, racism was a common practice during that time. The theme of racism is a recurring theme throughout the novel, and is mainly connected to Tom Robinson, and how he was wrongly accused. In both real life, and the fictional story, the men were discriminated against because of the color of their skin, both trials also ended in guilty verdicts.“Their trial before Judge Alfred E. Hawkins began on April 6 and ended on April 9 with eight convictions and death penalty sentences and one mistrial. During the appeals process, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Powell v. Alabama (1932), reversed the convictions owing to inadequate counsel and ordered new trials.” (DeWitt, Petra. p. 1. 2008). Another form of prejudice that took place throughout the novel is social prejudice. Prejudice is a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience. One specific event is when

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