Innocence in a Child

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“When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind” (Rothfuss). Young children are full of innocence, which is a known fact. When still in childhood innocence they mostly see in black and white. They see everything as either right or wrong. Yet some children have to grow up faster than others. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, there is a theme of loss of childhood innocence. Jem Finch, Scout’s older brother, is the character that goes through the biggest change in loss of innocence. At the beginning of the book he is just a child. He plays silly games with his sister and friends and does not think or know much about the world. Different events that happen through out the story contribute to Jem growing up and losing his innocence.’

The first event that shows Jem losing his innocence is the trial scene. “.. ‘Don’t fret, we’ve won it… Don’t see how ay jury could convict on what we heard’...” (279). Jem at this point doesn’t quite understand how the world works. He still thinks that everything in life is fair. He does not see Tom as a lesser being just because of his skin color. He is still in the childhood stage where he does not know of the prejudices. “‘It ain’t fair’… ‘In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those are the facts of life.’ ‘Doesn’t make it right... you can’t convict a man on evidence like that…’” (294). After Tom is ruled guilty Jem starts to see the evil inside of the world. He sees the hatred and prejudice but he still doesn’t quite understand why people do what they do. He is beginning to see that life is not always fair, and that life is not in black and white. Things are right and wrong, but people work their way around the right and wrong sometimes because of what they believe in. This is the first hint of realization in...
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