Scout's Innocence

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In the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, the narrator grows and develops throughout the novel. The narrator is known as Scout Finch a young girl who reaches the age of 9 through the book. In the beginning she is ignorant and doesn’t really understand what's going on around her; by the end not only does she lose childish thoughts but her innocence as well thanks to the help of many other characters within the novel. Scout learns not to believe everything she hears as well as to not judge a person by their appearance or behavior. When Scout first comes about the idea of Boo Radley he believes what he has heard about him. Boo Radley was supposedly a “malevolent phantom” who stayed inside his house all day with a cursed property (Lee 10). Every time Jem, her older brother, and Scout would walk by the Radley house, they …show more content…

He realizes that the majority of people in the town are bias and automatically lean towards the Mayella Ewell’s side since she is a whites woman. It was claimed that Tom Robinson tried to involve Mayella Ewell in sexual intercourse and beat her when in reality he didn't; yet he was still convicted and executed for the crime he didn't commit. This showed Scout that people have unfair opinions and are not open to listening to new ideas. Throughout the trial, all of the evidence leaning in favor of Tom was sufficient and strong, almost superfluous. In addition, the evidence that was supposed to be on Mayella’s side even leaned in support of Tom. But the jury as well as the people of Maycomb were in denial that someone other than an African American could have committed the crime. This is another examples in which Scout learns people judge others too quickly and are hesitant or close off to any other opinions. Scout grows and develops through the main lesson she learns on judgement and believing what she

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