Have you ever seen someone get mistreated or treated cruelly? Like when people you think are fair and kind convict an innocent man just because he was African American. Experiences like these can lead to people realizing the world is far from perfect. This is called losing your innocence. In one book 3 children experience this kind of cruelty firsthand. Harper Lee’s purpose of writing this book was to show how the world may look fine at first but as you grow older you realize that not everyone treats each other kindly or fairly. In Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the innocence of Dill, Scout, and Jem is taken away.
In “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Dill is one example of someone loosing their innocence. One example of Dill loosing his innocence is when Mr. Gilmer was disrespectful to Tom Robinson in the courthouse, this made Dill very upset. This shows that Dill lost his innocence because when Mr. Gilmer called Tom “boy” Dill started crying and had to leave. A second example of when Dill lost his innocence is when he found out that Tom got shot 17 times. This supports that Dill lost his innocence because when he was describing the way Helen Robinson reacted he was very emotional. Last, when Dill says “It was just him I couldn’t stand”…”That old Mr. Gilmer doin him thataway, talkin so hatful.” (Lee, 198) it shows that Dill is realizing that some people are not nice to each other. Dills actions are proof that he lost his innocence because he sees that people are sometimes hatful to one another.
Another character who lost their innocence is Scout. First when Scout meets Dolphus Raymond she sees that the world is not perfect. This shows that Scout lost her innocence because she sees that in order to be happy in life Dolphus has to pretend to be a drunk just to be socially accepted. Another example is when Scout is attacked by Bob Ewell. This supports that Scout lost her innocence because she sees that even an adult would try to kill kids just for revenge....
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