Why Is Innocence Becomes Experience?

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In To Kill A Mockingbird there are several reason why innocence becomes experience. Phys.com stated “Between ages 5 and 11, the researchers found, children become aware that many people believe stereotypes, including stereotypes about academic ability. When children become aware of these types of bias about their own racial or ethnic group, it can affect how they respond to everyday situations.” This shows that Scout and Jem are in a time of their lives when racism will take effect. Not only because of the exposure do they tend to grow up faster, but also because of the lessons they learn from Calpurnia and Atticus. The symbolism of the mockingbird lingers throughout the novel, which is a symbol of innocence. M.E. Gandy writes, “The novel is of a genre called Bildungsroman, or novel of maturation. In such a novel, the main character journeys through a series of adventures from innocence to experience and mature enlightenment. At the end, the character is prepared for adulthood.” This explains that throughout the novel they will become more experienced. In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, the theme of good and evil is revealed through the conflict of racism, the symbolism of the Mockingbird, and the loss of innocence in Jem and Scout.
In To Kill A Mockingbird Scout and Jem are exposed to racism, which plays a role in the transformation from innocence. Michele Hurley from The Daily Telegraph states, “For a start, their first real exposure to racism and evil makes them both
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