Essay on The Loss Of Innocence By Harper Lee

1438 Words Oct 20th, 2015 6 Pages
Innocence is most commonly defined as ‘Freedom from sin, moral wrong, or guilt through lack of knowledge of evil’. When comparing to the characters of Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, with this definition, it becomes clear that the loss of innocence is a central theme of the novel and is pivotal to character development. Some of the key characters who have lost their innocence are Jem and Scout Finch, Arthur Radley and Mayella Ewell. This collection of characters is interesting, considering how different they are in every aspect. Being written in the first person view of a child, the audience is given a deeper connection with the loss of innocence, becoming witness to how the four characters have grown.

Jem Finch wanted to be like his father but was a young innocent boy who had not yet been exposed to the cruelty of the world. However, this innocence is taken away from him because of Tom Robinson’s trial, as he got deeply immersed into it and believed that Tom was innocent and there was no possible way that he could be found guilt. When Tom loses the trial due to the fact that he was a ‘Negro’, Jem is understandably crushed and is bitter about the trial. “It was Jem’s turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd. ‘It ain’t right,’ he muttered, all the way to the corner of the square where we found Atticus waiting.” (Pg. 212) After the trial, the audience witness Jem grow as a character and start to lose his…

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