Analysis Of Harper Lee 's ' Kill A Mockingbird '

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Throughout human history, the transformation from naïve children to mature adults has been of profound importance. The various customs to prove maturation in different cultures shows the widespread significance of this transition. Within literature, the variety of passages to maturation spanning from peaceful and blissful to depressing and unbearable activities exhibits the embodiment of this tedious process. Bildungsromans embody all of these different paths from the common starting point of birth. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one such Bildungsroman about a girl’s maturation contrasted with the children around her. Through the utilization of different economic and familial backgrounds during the Great Depression allows Lee to formulate a story about the maturation and childhoods of many children displaying sundry variations of childhood, which she uses to demonstrate the theme that children are not adults in miniature because as they mature, their sense of morality diminishes and they become immune to the atrocities society commits. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee depicts the beautiful upbringing of Jem and Scout Finch as blissful and free due to the parenting style of their father, Atticus; playing the role of the responsible father, Atticus keeps his children, Jem and Scout, informed about the happenings of the world in which they live. The treatment he gives his children is both protective and enlightening. The response Atticus gives when Scout inquires about…
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