To Kill A Mockingbird Loss Of Innocence Analysis

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Everyone goes through life growing up and maturing. Even though Harper Lee emphasizes the effects of hardships in one's childhood leading to the loss of innocence and purity. (In Lee’s book we are introduced to children who are going through something not every kid goes through. They witness the effects of the trial first hand. The stress of the trial on their father, the brutality towards Atticus and Tom, and the unfairness of it all. In Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, Lee implies that growing up can lead to loss of innocence, especially in troubling times.
While Scout may be the youngest in the household, she continues to show the loss of innocence. In chapter 24, Aunt Alexandra has the ladies’ group over. After Atticus comes home and shares the news about Tom’s death, Miss Maudie and Aunt Alexandra, even though they are affected by this sad news, act like nothing has happened. After watching the two women act like nothing had happened, Scout narrates, “I carefully picked up the tray and watched myself walk to Mrs. Merriweather. With some of my very best manners, I asked her if she would have some. After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I” (271). Aunt Alexandra and Miss Maudie set an example for Scout as they walk back out to the ladies’ group and
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The trial of Tom Robinson is the main cause of trouble and stress in the Finches life in Lee’s novel. Scout starts to show that even as the youngest in the household, she may not understand everything that is happening, yet she is still showing the greatest loss of innocence. Jem is coming out of his protected view of the world, and is exposed to the cruelty of the word, and he views the events in a more grown up way. By giving us Scout and Jem, two children who are going through troubling times, Harper Lee reminds us that throughout troubling times innocence will be

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