To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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To Kill A Mockingbird Essay
In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird a major theme is the loss of innocence. Whether from emotional abuse, racial prejudice or learning, Boo, Tom, and Scout all lose their innocence in one sense or another. The prejudice that each character endures leads to their loss. Through the responses of Boo, Tom, and Scout, Harper Lee shows how each character responded differently to their loss of innocence.

In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird the character of Boo Radley is the first to suffer the loss of his innocence. As a teen, Boo experienced trouble with the law and for his consequences his father imprisoned him in his own house. Because of the harsh consequences forced upon him by his father, Boo grew up without a real life and lived like a prisoner in his own home. One quote from the novel specifically says that the neighbors noted," The doors of the Radley house were closed on weekdays as well as Sundays…"(15). By locking Boo inside his house and denying him the chance to live a normal life, Mr. Radley crushed Boo's child like innocence. Boo's response to his loss of innocence was to continue to live as a recluse even after his father had passed on. From the time he was a teenager, Boo was never seen outside his house even though at the time the story takes place he is middle aged. Although Boo could have come out after his father died, the effects of his treatment by his father caused him to remain a recluse. Boo Radley's response to his loss of innocence caused him to appear as a creepy individual to the community and to Scout and Jem in particular.

Also in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird the character of Tom Robinson loses his innocence and responds to it in an entirely different way. In Tom's case the situation which caused him to lose his innocence was an accusation of rape by Bob and Mayella Ewell. Once Tom had been accused, it was almost as if he had been convicted for a crime that he never even committed and with that...
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