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I Won’t Grow Up! Not Me! Not Me! I Won’t Grow Up

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At a young age children often lose innocence and gain exposure to the adult world. Jem and Scout, the two protagonists in the novel struggle with certain events in 1930’s Maycomb, Alabama, that open their eyes to the adult world. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Jem and Scout become less naive, shielded children, and more insightful and mature by being exposed to Tom Robinson’s trial. Through events in their community, Scout and Jem become more intuitive and gain insight into how to develop into more mature people. Jem and Scout lose innocence and become more aware of the society they live in by viewing the Tom Robinson trial.
Scout and Jem display their childishness, and obliviousness when they are first exposed to snow and when they interact with Miss Maudie. During one winter in Maycomb, Jem and Scout experience snow for the first time and have astounded reactions: “The world’s endin’, Atticus please do something! […] No it’s not, [Atticus] said, it’s snowing” (Lee 86). Living in rural Alabama, the Finch children are not accustomed to snow, so when they first experience it, they are completely bewildered as to what snow is. Scout thinks the world is ending, but Atticus reassures her it is just a normal weather pattern. The fact that Scout and Jem don’t know what snow is, gives evidence for their status as innocent children. By experiencing snow for the first time it opens her mind up to a new experience. The snow experience for Scout is also a progression in her life to become a more intelligent, mature person. Later in the novel, the idea of gaining maturity and becoming a young adult presents itself, but in a different situation. After the fire at Miss Maudie’s house is put out, she has a pleasant conversation with Jem and Scout, which utterly confuses them due to the circumstances: “Miss Maudie puzzled me. With most of her possessions gone and her beloved yard in shambles, she still took a lively and cordial interest in Jem’s and my affairs” (Lee 97). Despite the fact that most of Miss Maudie’s property has been destroyed along with her beloved yard, she still manages to look on the positive side of the fire by stating that she never liked her house and that she would would have more room for her azaleas. She was determined not to let it interrupt her interactions with Jem and Scout. Jem and Scout learn to look on the bright side of things no matter how bad the situation is. This is an insight into life that makes them less naive and more mature. Jem's and Scout’s interactions with Miss Maudie and snow displayed their childish and immature qualities, while revealing that they are progressing towards being more mature.
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