To Kill A Mockingbird Coming Of Age Analysis

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A child will always grow up, but does a child loses its innocence. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee spins a heartfelt story about the prejudice in the world through the eyes of a young naïve girl named “Scout” Finch who will slowly discover the world in Maycomb and out. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is about the innocence of childhood and reveals coming of age comes with the end of childhood innocence through use of symbolism and conflict. Dill, Tom Robinson, and the mockingbird all have something in common these organisms are symbols used showing innocence being lost as one get’s older through symbolism. One quote showing symbolism is after the trial of Tom was over and news about Tom Robinson being killed. The local newspaper …show more content…
An example of a quote showing conflict is after the trial and Aunt Alexandra has guests over and Scout decides to be a lady, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I(Lee 271). This quote refers to Scout who is growing up and expected to act like a lady, but has an internal dilemma about wanting to be a lady. The thought of not being is furthered strengthened when many lady guests gossip plenty of cruel words about Tom that Scout understands. This is because many people let Scout in more mature conversations as many believe Scout is old enough. This quote, furthermore shows that when Scout was younger, Scout didn’t understand what the ladies of Maycomb said. Now Scout is older, Scout understands what the ladies are saying and is shocked by such cruelty. This and the trial of Tom will eventually start to break down the innocence of Scout. Another quote showing innocence broken when coming of age is when Atticus is being surrounded by a mob and asks Jem to take Scout and leave, but Jem refuses. From the way he stood, Jem was not thinking budging. “Go home, I said.” Jem shook his head.... He yanked Jem nearly of his feet(Lee 173). This quote refers to the mob surrounding Atticus in which Jem senses something is not right, but Scout does not sense anything amiss. This is because Scout has not been exposed to many crueler aspects of life, due to the

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