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TKAM: Innocence vs. Experience
Transcript of TKAM: Innocence vs. Experience
Definition: Lack of knowledge and experience of the world, especially of evil or unpleasant things like racism and prejudice. Definition: The knowledge and skill that you have gained through doing something for a period of time; the process of gaining this; the things that have happened to you that influence the way you think and behave. SCOUT FINCH Young and innocent girl.
Blind to the many evils of the world due to her lack of knowledge and exposure.
When she faces such evils like racism and prejudice, her innocence is destroyed and she faces confusion.
Not prejudiced and racist.
She gains experience through exposure over time and as she grows. “Walter poured syrup on his vegetable and meat with a generous hand. He would have probably poured it into his milk glass had I not asked what the sam hill he was doing”; “‘That boy’s yo’ comp’ny and if he wants to eat up the table-cloth you let him, you hear?’ ‘ He ain’t company, Cal, he’s just a Cunningham-’”. “... I asked Dill where his father was: ‘You ain’t said anything about him.’ ‘ I haven’t got one.’ ‘Is he dead?’ ‘No...’”. Unaware to Whites
Negroes Social Hierachy Thematic Statements 1. Innocence causes one to be unaware to evils around him, but also causes him to be unbiased towards other. 2. As a person becomes more experienced, he loses innocence, and becomes more exposed to the status quo of the society as he understands prejudice and other evils. “... I asked Dill where his father was: ‘You ain’t said anything about him.’ ‘ I haven’t got one.’ ‘Is he dead?’ ‘No...’”. “I sought once more for a familiar face, and at the centre of the semi-circle I found one. ‘Hey, Mr Cunningham.’... ‘Hey, Mr Cunningham. How’s your entailment gettin’ along?’”. “‘That old Mr Gilmer doin him’ thataway, talking so hateful to him(Tom)-’ ‘Dill, that’s his job...’”. MISS GATES Experienced and prejudiced person.
Distinct example of the prejudiced society
Preached about the evilness of Adolf Hitler’s ways during the Jewish Holocaust
Yet, prejudiced against the Negroes.
Hypocritical “Why don’t they like the Jews, you reckon, Miss Gates?” “I don’t know, Henry. They contribute to every society they live in, and most of all, they are deeply religious people. “ “Well, coming out of the courthouse that night Miss Gates was – she was goin’ down the steps in front of us , you musta not seen her – she was talking with Miss Stephanie Crawford. I heard her say it’s time somebody taught ‘em a lesson, they were getting’ way above themselves, an’ the next thing they think they can do is marry us.” Innocence and experience through Scout.
Younger Scout is portrayed as an innocent character.
Narrator is older and more experienced version of Scout.
Expression of the loss of innocence and gaining of experience.
Narration of story as it was.
Opinions of the events, reflect maturity.
Literary device: P.O.V and by constantly going switching views. How does Harper Lee illustrate the theme? Thank you, peeps! Done by: