Sunday, March 10, 2019
To Kill a Mockingbird: Innocence
A songbirds melody can evoke happiness in whatsoever(prenominal)one, as can the smiling face of a child. The flouter sings for the sake of singing, and an absolved child possesses an inborn joyfulness, as natural as instinct. Yet a mockingbirds song dies as easily as the innocence of a child. In Harper Lees To Kill a Mockingbird, discoverer and Jem argon represent as innocents, uncorrupted by our terra firma of prejudice and racism. Their demesne is simple, sensible, a childs world.However, three days in the life of 8-year-old look bulge come out Finch, her brother, Jem, and their engender, Atticus, atomic number 18 consumed by the arrest and eventual audition of a young dull man accused of raping a white woman. By the end of the novel, their world has expanded to enclose the irrational nature of humans. Jem and tickers growing up is portrayed by a series of events that shatters their innocence as easily as a mockingbird can be silenced.Lee uses a combination of peanu t and profound events the trial of tom turkey Robinson, Walter Cunningham, and their relationship with damn Radley to develop and demonstration the childrens growth in maturity. One of the first cracks in Scouts armour of naivete occurs due to the fact that she speaks her mind. On Scouts first day of school Scout tries to explain to her teacher that she is embarrassing Walter Cunningham by offering him something that he get out not be able to pay back. Scout realizes that because her teacher is not a local, she will not k instantaneously that some the Cunninghams, but Scouts explanation gets her into trouble.When Scout explains Walters one of the Cunninghams, (26), she was not trying to be revilementing, but Miss Caroline mistakes her frank and innocent explanation as arrogance or impudence and punishes her for it. Scouts perception of the world and her classmates is not yet marred by the companionable divisions that adults advert. When Scout has Walter over for a meal Scout really does insult Walter this time as she questions the way he erases by reflexion But hes gone and drowned his dinner in sirup (32) and makes him feel self-conscious.She is not doing it intentionally, she is just curious because she has never seen people who eat that way. She is too young to understand the social graces of Southern hospitality that ordain that you be always to make people feel at ingleside and welcome no matter how unusual their habits may be. Scout and Jem are surrounded by racism and prejudice as children, but until they rise , they do not see it for what it is, until something enormously, obviously wrong occurs close to home. At first Scout does not understand what is wrong and keeps asking Jem questions about what is happening. trance Atticus is asking questions directed to Mayella, Slowly but surely she could see the pattern of Atticus questions (244). Although this shows that Scouts understanding about her father has improved, she is still oblivious t o the deeper meaning of the trial. While Jem is explaining to Dill, Scout supposes it is the finer points of the trial (252). With Jem being able to do this, this proves that Jem has matured greatly since the beginning. But what affect Scout and blew Jem away was the obvious unfairness of the verdict.When Jem states You just cant convict a man on evidence like that, proves that Jem realizes the inequity that Tom Robinson faced (295). Atticus has shielded Scout and her brother from any outward prejudice a exculpatest blacks. However, even he could not keep out the thought that coloured were not quite the same. Racism has been so profoundly ingrained that Scout didnt realize its intensity and results until that tragedy opened her eyes. As a result, racism and its effects entered the ever-expanding world of the Finch children.Because of the perspective of childhood innocence, Boo Radley is given no identity apart from the youthful superstitions that surround him, and it is these sup erstitions that devote Jem and Scout oblivious to the fact that Boo just wants to protect them. Scout at first describes Boo as a malevolent phantom, (10) turn Jem illustrates him as a six-and-a-half feet tall man that dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch (16). With these expressions they demonstrated how innocent the children are.After the children have found gifts inside a knot hole in a head, their father finds out about their game. When Atticus witnesses his children leaving a note in the hole, he believes his children are causing harm so he tells them to gimmick tormenting the man (65). When Atticus says, You just told me, Jem did not realize that without actually manifestation that they were playing the Boo Radley game he still admitted to his father that that is what they were doing. in the first place portrayed as a freak and a lunatic, Boo Radley continues to gain the sympathy of the children.When Nathan Radley closes the hole, Scout sees it as no more( prenominal) gifts, but Jem takes it more to heart. Nathan Radley claims that the trees dying (83) so Jem asks his father where he says that the tree is fine. When Jem realizes that Nathan had just cut off their connection, he was crying, (84). It is when Scout and Jem need livery that Scout understands that Boo was just merely looking out for them. While saying Hey Boo in person, this shows how mature Scout has gotten during the three years (362).Scout losses her innocence when she realizes that Boo Radley has given so much to them- gifts in the tree, a warm blanket on a cold night, folded up pants on a fence and their LIVES, but they have never repaid him. As if they were the harmless songbirds, the childrens innocence is shattered by these events. Through their interactions with Walter, Toms trial and Boo Radley social prejudice, racism, mobs, and social exceptions are now a part of their world. The naivete and purity have been replaced by the intimacy of human nature and the co rruption of our world. The world is no longer simple, and the mockingbird is dead.