Corrupted Innocence Is Prejudiced Maturity By Harper Lee

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Corrupted Innocence is Prejudiced Maturity

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a book thick with symbolism and metaphors. It is a debatable fact that Scout, the female protagonist, is a symbol for innocence. Though the validity of her symbol is in doubt, I am certain that the symbol in this novel for injured faith, or broken innocence, is Boo Radley. That puts in question the reason why Boo continues to amble down the same road of apathy while Scout is being led down the path to unbiased maturity. I believe that Atticus, the father figure in the novel, is the subtle influence that raises Scout to be aware of the immoral actions around her but not to accept them. Prejudice corrupts a child’s progression of innocence to maturity, but Atticus keeps his children from assuming the attitude of the townspeople.

When Scout begins to notice the views of her peers and those around her, she is confused by people’s prejudice overruling their judgement.
An example of this is when Scout asks permission to invite Walter Cunningham over to the house for the night but is denied by Aunt Alexandra who says that “...he is trash…” and that “...Finch women aren’t interested in that sort of people”(pg. 300, Lee). Scout is confused by this because Aunt Alexandra had never met Walter before and was judging him based off of what she had heard from other people. Prejudice had corrupted Aunt Alexandra, but Scout did not have the same views as her because she was raised by the mild-mannered…
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