To Kill A Mockingbird Coming Of Age Analysis

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In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, coming of age and the loss of childhood innocence is an important theme which the author develops using two major characters: Scout and the unseen, mysterious man inside the Radley House, at first believed to be a terrible person, proved to be a kind protector and friend. Scout learns that judging people because of what others have said does not define a person’s character. “Bob Ewell’s lyin’ on the ground under that tree down yonder with a kitchen knife stuck up under his ribs. He’s dead, Mr. Finch” (357). Arthur “Boo” Radley is proven to be a hero instead of a criminal when Bob Ewell seeks to kill Jem and Scout after the Halloween party. He hears the commotion and manages to stab and kill Ewell before he can harm the children further then goes back into reclusion. Scout learns that her childish view of Boo Radley is just that and he is not as bad or evil as she and the townspeople thought and learns what real evil is in the manifestation of a lying racist. “Bob Ewell fell on his knife. He killed himself” (366 & 367). Heck Tate covers up Boo's murdering of Bob by saying that Bob was drunk and fell on his own knife and that “his whole weight drove it in”. Heck Tate covers up because he does not think that it would be right to expose Boo Radley to a…show more content…
I'll be here a week, and I don't want to hear any words like that while I'm here...You want to grow up to be a lady, don't you?" (105). In the 1930s, women in the South were pressured to accept to a widely held ideal of "Southern womanhood." Scout is anything but, and most of the story focuses on her attempts to fit into a world that expects tomboys to wear frilly dresses and maintain straight posture. "It's time you started bein' a girl and acting right!" (115). This quote is spoken by Jem, Scout’s older brother. This shows character because Jem is maturing and going through puberty; this is showing character for Scout because it shows that she is not rushing to grow
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