To Kill A Mockingbird Innocence Theme

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To Kill A Mockingbird connects to the reader in many ways one would not expect. In this book, Harper Lee shows many diverse themes such as empathy, loss of innocence, innocent victims, courage, and prejudice. Though the book does in fact show all of these themes, one of theme definitely shine throughout the entire book. The main theme, arguably, would be loss of innocence. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee shows loss of innocence through the rough experiences and mature events in Jem’s and Scout’s lives. The first proof of loss of innocence would be the unwelcoming, to children, neighborhood the Finch children live in. “Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In the rainy weather the streets …show more content…
This shows a loss of innocence because they are forced to see how truly cruel he is. When Mr. Ewell attacks Jem and Scout, he painfully breaks Jem’s arm and attempts to stab, and kill, scout. The reader sees now that Scout finally realizes how bad of a person he is because of his actions. No child, attacked by an adult or anyone, is going to be okay after the fact. When they were attacked they witnessed Boo (Arthur) Radley stab, and kill, Bob Ewell. Though this was in their defence, they still had to see the gruesome sight of someone being stabbed in a knife battle. Anyone who witnesses a stabbing is going to have a large step towards maturity because it is not going to be easy to take in. Finally, Bob proves to Jem that he cannot be innocent around his little sister and he has to stand up for her. When Bob first attacks them, Jem pushes Scout out of the way and fights him alone, resulting in his broken arm. This shows a loss of innocence because he has now matured enough to know he has to stick up for family members. In conclusion, the reader sees that Jem and Scout obviously have a loss of innocence in the attack from Mr. Bob Ewell. Harper Lee, in her book To Kill A Mockingbird, shows a loss of innocence in Jem and Scout’s lives through their life experiences. The Finch children make the move from the world of innocence to the truth of the mature world through encounters and their later on, grown up events.

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