Childhood, Adolescence, By Harper Lee

1609 Words Oct 27th, 2015 7 Pages
At birth, one is a blank canvas. Fresh from the womb, and then suddenly thrust into a big, bright room that is completely new. Everything is unknown, one has no knowledge of anything, like how or why one came to be, and especially not of the corruption and injustice that plagues this world. But of course, no one can stay innocent and clueless forever. Among the many beautiful fairy tales they may come across, they will eventually discover that the real world is nowhere near as magical. This wild transition of childhood to adolescence is a major theme in Harper Lee 's novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird". The book is about the childhood of Jean Louise "Scout" Finch, and her growth as she witnesses the many ups and downs of life in the tranquil southern town of Maycomb. She and her brother Jem, along with their friend Dill, are carefree children that enjoy laughing and learning, like most their age. However, as they progress through life, they start to come into contact with the prejudice and racism in Maycomb. They see their father Atticus get called slurs by Bob Ewell, just because he defends Tom Robinson, a black man, during a trial. It is all very new and foreign to the young, naïve children, and it is an example of how they transition from children to adults. Also, because they are so naïve and innocent, they completely believe the tales about Arthur Radley, a neighbour, being a monstrous person. However, he has proven through his kind gestures, such as giving the kids little…
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