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Scout's Path To Maturity Essay

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Sometimes a loss of innocence through contact with evil and life experiences leads to maturity. It helps one see the world for what it really is and gives a shot of reality instead of just living in a dream world. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout’s early childhood innocence is lost as she becomes a near grown up. She starts to see Maycomb in a different light and learns to accept people as they truly are instead of what she thought they were. This is because she comes in contact with racial prejudice, Boo Radley and she real people of Maycomb.

The differences in social class and distaste between the blacks and the whites are clear in the small town of Maycomb. So ...view middle of the document...

Many people suggest Boo is crazy and Scout doesn’t think differently. Since Scout grew up hearing all the bad things about Boo Radley, she finds it hard to believe he is just another human being – just like her. As time passes, she finds the name Boo to represent something pet-like instead of a source of childhood scary stories. After Boo saves Scout and her brother from Bob Ewell’s attack, she gazes at Boo watching the childhood apparition become a human being. As Scout said “His lips parted into a timid smile, and our neighbor’s image blurred with my sudden tears. ‘Hey, Boo,’ I said.”(270) She acknowledges Boo for who he is instead of denying it and keeping her mentality the same as of the other townspeople. After she walks Boo back home, she experiences the events over the past few months from Boo’s eyes. This is evident as she says, “Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.”(279)

The people of Maycomb aren’t the most open-minded people one would find, although some - such as Miss Maudie - share the same views and sense of justice as Atticus. Through the trial of Tom Robinson, it is clear to Scout, after hearing the testimonies of Mayella and Tom and Atticus’ questions, who was saying the truth and who wasn’t. All the odds were in favor of Tom – at least that is what it seemed like. Scout was seeing the racial profiling starting to become visible...

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