Theme Of Atticus Coming Of Age In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mockingbird details the coming-of-age of both Scout and her brother Jem as they start to realize that the town that they have grown up in is not as nice as it may seem. This all starts when their father, Atticus, who is a lawyer, takes on the case of Tom Robinson, an African American man who is accused of raping a white woman. Since this is the 1960’s not too many people take to kindly to this act, and because of it his family comes under fire from the community. Even though it was Atticus, who took on the Tom Robinson case, it was his family who suffered the most: from the harassment of the townsfolk, from their own inner fears of the trial, and even from the embarrassment that came from the trial.
The trial had the strongest impression
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Aunt Alexandra is Atticus’s sister who comes to stay with his family for a while. The kids don't necessarily like Aunt Alexandra as she is prone to fits and gets angry, very easily, even though she is shown to care about her brother. Aunt Alexandra starts many problems when she enters the Finch household, as she argues with Atticus to fire Calpurnia, the African-American housekeeper of Atticus’s house. She also gets into many fights with Scout, who she believes isn't enough of a woman. The problems come to a head when Atticus becomes the lawyer for Tom Robinson: “Sort of. She won't let him alone about Tom Robinson. She almost said Atticus was disgracin’ the family”(Lee 149). Like most white people in the town of Maycomb, Alexandra doesn't care for the lives of black people. This is shown earlier in the story when she tries to convince Atticus to get rid of Calpurnia, even though Atticus responds by telling her about how useful Calpurnia has been around the house. Alexandra doesn't like the fact that Atticus is kind to black people and that he supports them. Her attitude very much reflects what most people in the town are thinking, and the author uses her as a more personal threat to the family. For most of the story we have seen the family get picked on by others in the town, but it's only once Alexandra the fight…show more content…
The racism and hate that were spread from the townspeople, made its way into the streets of Maycomb as many of the town came to terms with the outcome. The true nature of the world was shown to Jem and Scout as they soon realized that not everything was as simple as it seemed. They had to come to the realization that the world twists people's minds and leads them to hate. Then there were people like Aunt Alexandra, whose pride got in the way of true change and affected those around
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