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To Kill a Mockingbird Theme :Loss of Innocence

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Stephen Vu

on 19 November 2014

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Transcript of To Kill a Mockingbird Theme :Loss of Innocence

"I'm simply defending a Negro-his name's Tom Robinson."(p.99)
In the transcendence from a child to an adult, change is vital, and above all changes, it is loss of innocence that defines all adults in our society. This quote illustrates the beginning of Scout's loss of innocence, essentially gaining knowledge of the racist society that stands before her.
To Kill a Mockingbird Theme Project
"Whats rape?"
(pg. 180)
Once again Scout loses a little bit more of he innocence in chapter 14. Harper Lee expresses the theme of "loss of innocence" through Scout's curious nature. Atticus is flabbergasted to see he 8 year old girl use such profane language.

" I was slowly drying up, wondering what idiocy I had comitted" pg.206
This qoute shows that Scout just realized that she interrupted a mob that was on the way to kill her father and that her friendly neightbors that she sees everyday are easily persuaded to do a heinous crime and that the world is not as a happy place as she thought and that there is evil in this world
"Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives.. Neighbors give in return... we had given him nothing, and it made me sad....
[It was] summer, and he watched his children's heart break.
Autumn, and Boo's children needed him.
Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.
As I made my way home I felt very old... As I made my way home, I thought Jem and I would get grown but there wasn't much else for us to learn..." (373-374)
Theme
Loss of Innocence
Scout has outgrown her greatest childhood fear. She finally sees Boo Radley for who he truly is, and her new understanding of her mysterious neighbor brings her a new sense of maturity.
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