To Kill a Mockingbird; Loss of Innocence Essay

1223 Words Jun 3rd, 2013 5 Pages
To Kill a Mockingbird
Growing up and loss of innocence is a prominent theme represented in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. As Scout and Jem mature throughout their childhood, they learn how cruel the world can be in different ways. Due to the circumstances of living in Maycomb, the children are immensely exposed to racism. Scout and Jem’s loss of innocence was also caused by the discrimination and inequity in their town. Lastly, a strong reason why the children were forced to mature was the hypocrisy of the people living within Maycomb.
Due to the time period Scout and Jem are living in, as well as the circumstances of living within Maycomb, the children are vastly exposed to racial discrimination. To Kill a Mockingbird was
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She is made to believe that wearing pants is manly and that behaviours that require them are for men only. In Aunt Alexandra’s opinion it is also not lady-like to show your emotions, hence why later in the book Scout says, “After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I”. (126) She says this while Aunt Alexandra is hosting a gathering with the other ladies in the neighbourhood, just after she discovers that Tom has been killed. Scout was upset that Tom was killed, but

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