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The Loss of Innocence in ' To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee

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Alyssa Mathews

on 19 September 2012

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Transcript of The Loss of Innocence in ' To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee

By Alyssa Mathews Where Did The Innocence Go? remaining unhardened by society. Jem is baffled by the extreme prejudice towards black people that the citizens of Maycomb County possess. When one loses their childhood outlook on life, it is a struggle to make sense of the 'new world' while “ [Jem's] face was streaked with angry tears...” (Harper 212 par. 5). Jem doesn't understand how people could be so hateful as to convict Tom. “How could they do it, how
could they?”
(Harper 213 par. 1). “The Radley place had ceased to terrify [Scout]...” (Harper 242 par. 2). Scout has matured and lost the childlike vision she had of Arthur Radely. “ “Well can't you see it?” “Well no.” “Well it's a hair.” ” (Harper 225 par. 8-10). This quote shows that while they are ‘entering the adult world’ they are still just kids. “ … I'll never understand those folks as long as I live” (Harper 222, par. 9). This quote further proves that Scout and Jem have a fresh outlook on life; they no longer view everything through the lenses of childhood innocence yet they don’t view it the same as adults because they do not have the prejudice and hate that the adults possess. This video is a modern day example of the loss of innocence that many teens go through. This is a video with pictures from the older version of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. The song describes Jem in his loss of innocence. This video was made as a class project by other students who have read 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. It reveals how Jem felt during and after the pivital moment in his loss of innocence. The moment when he gets a glimpse of the bad side of the world.
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