Childhood Innocence Is Destroyed By The Reality Of Adulthood And The Ugly Truths

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The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird’s main concept is about the growth from childhood innocence to adulthood. The innocence is destroyed by the reality of adulthood and the ugly truths. In the novel, Scout experiences this throughout her childhood. She starts off as an innocent child but as the story progresses, she learns the truth of society and how cruel humanity can be.
Scout’s childhood was pretty great in my opinion. She had a family that loved her, people to play with and food on the table. She lived with her father, Atticus, brother, Jem and housekeeper, Calpurnia. Her father Atticus wasn’t always there to play with her and her brother Jem, but he loved them nonetheless. He read to them every night and also taught Scout how to read and write before anyone else her age. Scout and Jem were best friends and were always there for each other. Since they didn’t have any real friends, they played with each other and had their own little adventures. As Jem got older, he became more independent and stopped playing with his little sister. Scout was upset about this but she accepted it and moved on. They began to grow apart throughout the book but they still remained close and had each other’s back. Scout’s mother was never there during her childhood, but her housekeeper, Calpurnia, took the role and raised both children. She was treated more than just a housekeeper. She was treated as part of the Finch family. She taught the children and disciplined them while giving them the…

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