in To Kill a Mockingbird
Innocence~free from moral wrong; not corrupted by evil
To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the 1930's in Maycomb, Alabama. The story is told from Scout’s perspective, and she was only six when she started to tell about the summer when Jem and her met Dill, who was staying with his aunt. That summer they spied on their neighbor Boo Radley. Scout and Jem’s dad, Atticus, is a well-respected lawyer, and he defends Tom Robinson, who is accused of raping a white women. The trial and tangent events expose the children to evils of racism and stereotyping.
In the 1930s, the Great Depression was occurring, and everybody was going through a difficult time. Women were not seen equal as men. Most of the women stayed home and helped around the household. White southern girls were trained to be housewives or hospital aides. "The southern white women maintained Southern Tradition, and they established "the do" and "the don't" in her children and believes." Their attire represented their family's status.
Jean Louise Finch (Scout)
Hometown: Maycomb, Alabama
Parents: Atticus Finch and her mother (which died when Scout was 2)
Siblings: Jem Finch (age 10 and only brother)
Scout's role in To Kill a Mockingbird
Scout's role in To Kill a Mockingbird is the most important one because she is the narrator and also the observer and questioner. There are things she doesn't understand, but as she gets older she starts to understand how things are around her. She is a very curious person, and she is always asking questions to Atticus. Throughout the book she shows that she is innocent, such as a mockingbird, who do no harm to us but just sing their little hearts out.
Example 1: "Scout hears her classmates saying terrible things about Atticus because he's defending a black man, but she doesn't see the wrong in what her father is doing. Atticus explains to her that it's not really a bad thing, but some people see it that way. Scout is too young to understand prejudice and injustice. Atticus tries to preserve this innocence by raising her to believe that there is nothing wrong with defending a black man. It's his duty, and so it should be hers as well." Chapter 9
Example 2: "It's a sin to kill a mockingbird because they are innocent birds who only live to make music for us to enjoy. That's what Atticus and Miss Maudie told Scout after she and Jem got their air rifles for Christmas. It's a sin to willfully destroy innocence, and a mockingbird embodies innocence." Chapter 10
Example 3: "Scout had no idea that the men gathered around her father were intending to harm him. She disarmed them with her youth and innocence in the way that she talked to Mr. Cunningham as a friend because she knew he'd done business with her father and she knew his son from school. The way she tried to strike up a friendly conversation with him must have reminded him that they were neighbors and friends, and that protected Atticus and Tom Robinson from being harmed by the mob of men from Old Sarum that night."
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