To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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To Kill A Mockingbird Essay In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird a major theme is the loss of innocence. Whether from emotional abuse, racial prejudice or learning, Boo, Tom, and Scout all lose their innocence in one sense or another. The prejudice that each character endures leads to their loss. Through the responses of Boo, Tom, and Scout, Harper Lee shows how each character responded differently to their loss of innocence. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird the character of Boo Radley is the first to suffer the loss of his innocence. As a teen, Boo experienced trouble with the law and for his consequences his father imprisoned him in his own house. Because of the harsh consequences forced upon him by his father, Boo grew up without a …show more content…
Because of her discovery, Scout's faith in her community is badly shaken. Scout's response to her loss of innocence, however, is very different from that of Boo and Tom in the sense that her response had a positive impact in her life. Scout began to inherit the beliefs of her father and learned from Boo how to look into another person's world and understand where they are coming from. Because of the loss of her innocence, Scout could then understand what is was like to be in someone else's shoes.
The most significant key to how each character responded to their loss of innocence was the environment in which they were in at the time of their loss. Boo responded to his loss by living as a recluse because his father had already kept him locked up in his own home. Tom Robinson responded by running away because once he was placed in prison, without the support of his community, he saw no chance for survival. Scout responded positively to the situation because her father Atticus had installed proper beliefs in her and was also there for her to fall back on.
The responses of the characters of Boo, Tom, and Scout can all be related to the response of people from all walks of life in the 1930's and now. In relation to the character of Boo there are people once out on there own because of their childhood will choose to live an isolated life as Boo did in the novel. To relate to Tom Robinson, are the many youths of the nation who upon

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