How To Write An Argumentative Essay On To Kill A Mockingbird

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Everyone, no matter who they are, was an innocent child at one point. A child who was protected from the rest of reality by their parents or guardians. However, once you go out into the real world, everything you believed starts to fade away, and you start to gain a new perspective on life. Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, expresses the story of a 9-year-old girl named Scout, who lives in Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression. She retells her experiences that led up to when her older brother, Jem broke his arm. Scout’s father, Atticus, a wise defense attorney, had to take a biased case against Bob Ewell's daughter, Mayella, who had accused Tom Robinson, a black man, of raping her. Atticus, to many people’s surprise,…show more content…
The case has been going on and Scout and Jem, along with their friend Dill, have been spectating the case when they were instructed not to. As the prosecutor spits out mean and sensitive questions to Tom Robinson, Dill gets emotional and starts to cry, so then they go out of the building, only to find Dolphus Raymond, whom everyone in town thinks is a drunk, on a tree stump. He explains that he only drinks Coca-Cola, not alcohol: “Some folks don’t like the way I live… I try to give em’ reason. When I come to town, which is seldom, if I weave a little and drink out of this sack, folks can say Dolphus Raymond’s in the clutches of whiskey”(Lee 268). He is showing Scout that he is a liar, but it’s for a good cause. It shows Scout that not all things that seem bad end up bad, and he says he only lies to give a reason for his close relationship with black people as a white person. Scout knows that the court is going on as she is talking, so she is eager to get back, and Mr. Raymond knows. As she is about to go back, he explains that she has a long way to go in her life: “Miss Jean Louise, you don’t know your pa’s not a run-of-the-mill man, it’ll take a few years for that to sink in - you haven’t seen enough of the world yet. You haven’t even seen this town, but all you gotta do is step back inside the courthouse”(Lee 269). Dolphus says to Scout…show more content…
It shows how innocence can hold a person back and losing it is a gateway to the rest of your life or your adulthood. Scout starts of 6 years old and like any other child would, nieve about the world and the horrible things that come with it. Atticus levels with Scout and tries to make her understand that not all people are good, with the example being Cecil Jacobs. Then she goes to Calpurnia’s church and learns from the black people’s perspective the situation Tom Robinson and Atticus are going through. Atticus acts very openly about the subject, unlike most parents, which allows you to see the rapid changes in Scout’s personality. Finally, Dolphus Raymond reveals to Scout that in a lifetime, you sometimes have to do bad things to give off a right message, which in his case is lying to gain a better connection with the black population. Losing innocence isn’t something a select few get to experience, because everyone is at one point exposed to the real world, and even though that losing your innocence may be a slow, indiscernible process, it will make you a better, mature, and sophisticated
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