To Kill A Mockingbird Coming Of Age Analysis

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In the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, many themes are represented throughout the classic novel. All the characters experience at least one of the following themes; empathy, prejudice, injustice, social inequality, and coming of age. Harper Lee has different ways of showing these themes with the characters, that go accordingly with the place and time period. Which is Maycomb Alabama in the early 1930’s. One way coming of age is portrayed is by the kids of Atticus Finch - Scout and Jem, who learn to act mature through harassment, threats, and a physical attack, all because of their father’s work of defending a negro. Though it is an unfair situation for the kids to have to deal with harassment from hostile people about Atticus’s case, it is one reason that they had to mature and become better people. And even though both kids had to handle verbal bullying, Harper Lee mainly focused on the cruel and rude words that Scout had to endure. One time that Scout was confronted with the argot words of the people…show more content…
Again they had to encounter a situation where the world became a scarier place. As a child most kids don’t have fears that many young adults and elders do, because the kids don’t have enough life experience, so by Bob Ewell attacking the kids and in turn losing his life by the hands of Boo Radley, the kids took a whole new look a maturity levels. This is because having to handle a brutal attack and learning that the man who was the attacker was murdered in self defense is very traumatic, and the only way that the kids were able to deal with the emotions of it all, was because they had learned to be mature and not act childish in serious moments. Only as they get older and have more experiences in life will the kids go through coming of age events that will help them become focused and mature when
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