To Eliminate a Mockingbird: Innocence
A songbird’s tune can evoke joy in anyone, as can the smiling face of a child. The mockingbird sings for the sake of singing, and an innocent child has an innate joyfulness, as natural as impulse. Yet a mockingbird’s tune dies as quickly as the innocence of a child. In Harper Lee’s To Eliminate a Mockingbird, Scout and Jem are depicted as innocents, uncorrupted by our world of prejudice and bigotry. Their world is easy, practical, a child’s world.
Nevertheless, three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her sibling, Jem, and their daddy, Atticus, are consumed by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man implicated of raping a white female. By the end of the novel, their world has actually expanded to enclose the unreasonable nature of people. Jem and Scout’s growing up is represented by a series of occasions that shatters their innocence as easily as a mockingbird can be silenced.
Lee utilizes a mix of irrelevant and profound events: the trial of Tom Robinson, Walter Cunningham, and their relationship with Boo Radley to develop and show the children’s growth in maturity. Among the very first fractures in Scout’s armour of naivete happens due to the fact that she speaks her mind. On Scout’s very first day of school Scout tries to discuss to her instructor that she is embarrassing Walter Cunningham by providing him something that he will not be able to repay. Scout recognizes that due to the fact that her teacher is not a local, she will not know that about the Cunningham’s, however Scout’s description gets her into difficulty.
When Scout discusses “Walter’s one of the Cunningham’s,” (26 ), she was not trying to be insulting, however Miss Caroline errors her frank and innocent description as arrogance or disrespect and punishes her for it. Scout’s perception of the world and her classmates is not yet spoiled by the social departments that grownups see. When Scout has Walter over for a meal Scout really does insult Walter this time as she questions the method he eats by stating “But he’s gone and drowned his dinner in syrup” (32) and makes him feel uneasy.
She is refraining from doing it deliberately, she is simply curious since she has actually never seen individuals who consume that way. She is too young to understand the social graces of Southern hospitality that determine that you are always to make people feel at home and welcome no matter how unusual their habits may be. Scout and Jem are surrounded by bigotry and prejudice as kids, however up until they develop, they do not see it for what it is, till something immensely, obviously wrong occurs near to house. Initially Scout does not comprehend what is wrong and keeps asking Jem questions about what is happening.
While Atticus is asking questions directed to Mayella, “Gradually however undoubtedly [she] might see the pattern of Atticus’ questions” (244 ). Although this reveals that Scout’s understanding about her father has enhanced, she is still unconcerned to the deeper meaning of the trial. While Jem is describing to Dill, Scout “supposes” it is “the finer points of the trial” (252 ). With Jem being able to do this, this shows that Jem has matured significantly given that the start. However what surprised Scout and blew Jem away was the obvious unfairness of the verdict.
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When Jem states “You simply can’t convict a man on proof like that,” proves that Jem realizes the oppression that Tom Robinson faced (295 ). Atticus has actually protected Scout and her sibling from any outward bias versus blacks. Nevertheless, even he could not keep out the idea that coloured were not rather the very same. Bigotry has actually been so deeply deep-rooted that Scout didn’t recognize its intensity and results until that tragedy opened her eyes. As a result, racism and its effects entered the ever-expanding world of the Finch kids.
Because of the point of view of childhood innocence, Boo Radley is provided no identity apart from the vibrant superstitious notions that surround him, and it is these superstitious notions that leave Jem and Scout unconcerned to the reality that Boo simply wishes to secure them. Scout at first describes Boo as a “sinister phantom,” (10) while Jem highlights him as a “six-and-a-half feet tall” male that “dined on raw squirrels and any cats he might capture” (16 ). With these expressions they showed how innocent the kids are.
After the children have discovered gifts inside a knot hole in a tree, their dad learns about their “game”. When Atticus witnesses his children leaving a note in the hole, he thinks his children are triggering harm so he informs them to “stop torturing the male” (65 ). When Atticus says, “You simply informed me,” Jem did not realize that without in fact stating that they were playing the Boo Radley video game he still admitted to his dad that is what they were doing. Originally portrayed as a freak and a lunatic, Boo Radley continues to gain the sympathy of the kids.
When Nathan Radley closes the hole, Scout sees it as say goodbye to presents, but Jem takes it more to heart. Nathan Radley declares that the “tree’s dying” (83) so Jem asks his dad where he says that the tree is great. When Jem understands that Nathan had actually simply cut off their connection, he was “sobbing,” (84 ). It is when Scout and Jem need saving that Scout comprehends that Boo was just merely looking out for them. While saying “Hey Boo” in person, this demonstrates how mature Scout has gotten throughout the 3 years (362 ).
Scout losses her innocence when she understands that Boo Radley has actually provided a lot to them- presents in the tree, a warm blanket on a cold night, folded pants on a fence and their LIVES, but they have actually never repaid him. As if they were the harmless songbirds, the kids’s innocence is shattered by these occasions. Through their interactions with Walter, Tom’s trial and Boo Radley social prejudice, racism, mobs, and “social exceptions” are now a part of their world. The naivete and pureness have actually been changed by the knowledge of humanity and the corruption of our world. The world is no longer simple, and the mockingbird is dead.