Essay On Innocence In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Where Did My Innocence Go? In the rural town of Maycomb, Alabama, Scout Finch lives with her brother, Jem, and Father, Atticus. Scout teaches many lessons as well as defies stereotypes. Scout gives readers her perspective of things. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses the growth and characterization of Scout to reveal to readers how innocence slowly falls away through Scout’s obliviousness about other people, Scout’s protection towards her family, and Scout’s curious ways. Although Scout starts off being insensible towards others, she begins to grow and unmask to readers that innocence slowly disappears from a child. Jem and Scout meet Dill, a soon to be best-friend, and Scout asks Dill about his father. “I asked Dill where his…show more content…
My left impaired, I sailed in with my right, but not for long. Uncle Jack pinned my arms to my sides and said ‘Stand Still!’(Lee 96). Whenever anyone criticizes Atticus or calls him an impolite name, Scout becomes infuriated. By Scout fighting, the image of a polite, sweet, little girl is destroyed. By allowing Scout to physically retaliate, Lee reveals some characterization of Scout. As Scout grows and matures, she begins to stop fighting and use words and emotions to express herself. Readers can learn from Scout that using her fists is not the best way to settle disagreements, and people should work things out in a different way. Through Scout’s curiosity, readers are shown that innocence is lost as a child. After Christmas at Finch’s Landing, Uncle Jack goes home with Scout, Jem, and Atticus. Uncle Jack tries to tell Scout how wrong she was but, she did not get the chance to tell her side of the story at first.“ ‘What did Francis call him?’ ‘A n----- -lover, I ain’t very sure what it means, but the way Francis said it -tell you one thing right now, Uncle Jack, I’ll be- I swear before God if I’ll sit there and let him say somethin’ about Atticus’ ” (Lee 98). By Scout telling Uncle Jack how she felt about people calling Atticus names, Scout later learns what the name means. She has a very good relationship with her father and knows that she can ask Atticus anything and obtain an honorable answer. By Atticus answering all of Scout’s questions, some of
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