Have you ever thought of an answer to reply to your children, when they
ask you, "What was the world like when you were a child?", "What things that
happened that impressed you most when you were a child?" or "How interesting is
your childhood experience?". Everybody must have had their childhood. Some of
the experiences may cause them to smile, or even laugh, while some of them may
bring back bitter memories. It is always hard to express the childhood
incidents or experience in a clear and interesting way, since they were past
memories that happened long time ago. Moreover, when a person has grown up,
they will never have the same feeling which they might have in their childhood.
However, the authors Harper Lee and Mark Twain can express their own childhood
inside the stories they created, in a lively and realistic way. The two novels
To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer have a very similar
characteristic. It is the way they describe a person's childhood experience,
and their feelings and new knowledge that come out from those experiences. This
characteristic, however, has given me a big revelation after reading the two
novels. The novels show that the childhood experience of a person has a great
positive influence on his personality, behaviour, and ways on dealing with
others. This idea has been shown by the authors in both novels.
From the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, one could discover that innocent
behaviour and misunderstanding can lead a child to view a person or thing
incorrectly and incompletely. This behaviour can also lead a child to a wrong
perspective. In the first part of To Kill a Mockingbird, the main characters
Scout, Jem, and Dill thought that the Radley family and their member, Boo Radley,
as strange and unnatural human beings. They described Radley's house as "That
is a sad house...." (Harper Lee, 48). This is a "fact" they heard from their
neighbours. Until one... [continues]
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