Tom Robinson's Journey

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Chan 1 Nathan Chan Mr. Darling ENG2D - 1 15 May, 2015 Title A child, the purest, most innocent form of a human being. Ideally, these children will grow to be responsible adults. Through the process of a child maturing into an adult many positive characteristics will be gained, however their innocent mindset will be forever lost. Children will immently become exposed to the dangers and impurities that the world has to offer. In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, the journey of Scout and Jem is no different. They learn that people are not always as they seem. Some may reveal themselves to be better than they appear, others may be worse. Of course, their perspective of the world will be changed. A child’s natural trusting nature will assuredly…show more content…
This decision by the judge and jury exhibits to them just of of many forms of prejudice along with racism. This is an eye-opening experience for both Scout and Jem as they “thought Maycomb folks were the best folks in the world, least that’s what they seemed like” (288). In reality, good will not always prevail. Innocent ‘mockingbirds’ like Tom Robinson may be convicted. This may in turn discourage them to work hard in life because they now know that their efforts may not always pay off. Also, the sheer issues that the court case deals with are arguably quite inappropriate for children of such a young age. These issues expose children to an entire new world of problems than they are used to. Scout, at such a tender age, asks Atticus “What’s rape?” (180). From being having such a huge involvement in this court case, Atticus knows that it is absolutely pointless from attempting to protect Scout from the truth because the truth is inevitable. Jem and Scout now realise that there are many problems occurring beyond their childhood world that are much more serious than their superstitions, such as with Boo Radley. As a result from the wrongful verdict, Tom Robinson’s reputation is destroyed. Capital punishment is the consequence of rape in Maycomb, therefore after the trial, Tom Robinson is merely awaiting his death. During this time period, Tom Robinson is held at the jail when suddenly he “broke into a blind raving charge at the fence and started climbing over” (315). This is an example that this theme has a powerful effect on characters other than just the protagonists. This is also the perfect example of lost innocence because a ‘mockingbird’ which exemplifies innocence, is killed both figuratively and literally. This conviction caused Tom Robinson to lose his true character which shortly later lead to his death. Tom
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