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In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee, the theme of coming of age is explored through Scouts various personal experience and lessons that she has accomplished in the novel.

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Theme of Coming of Age In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee, the theme of coming of age is explored through Scout's various personal experience and lessons that she has accomplished in the novel. The first example that shows the coming of age of the protagonist Scout is when she discovers about inequality during her father's trial. "'Do you defend niggers, Atticus?'...'Then why did Cecil say you defended niggers?' 'The main one is if I didn't I couldn't hold up my head in town, I couldn't represent this county in the legislature.'" Scout learns that there are different types of people in her world that are treated differently. She finds it hard at first why her father is the only person defending a Negro, but later discovers through observation that people are equal and African-American should be treated fairly as the white people, so that another trial of Tom Robinson doesn't happen again. Secondly, the theme of coming of age is discovered when she discovers the coexistence of good and evil. ...read more.


(p. 30) Scout's father says this about Scout's teacher when she complains about her. Scout understands that she needs to appreciate people for their good things, and also understand them for their evils, because she won't be able to see things in their view. In the end of the novel, Scout is at a point where she has matured a lot and had come of age more than many adults would do in their whole entire lifetime. Secondary exemplar: 'To kill a Mockingbird' written by Harper Lee can be related to another novel called 'Catcher in the Rye' written by J.D Salinger because they both share the same theme of coming of age. Catcher in the Rye is about a sixteen years old boy named Holden Caulfield who retells his inner struggles in New York. Holden gets kicked out of school, and is stuck in a dilemma with his future, and stays in New York in attempt to figure out his journey and his future. ...read more.


Holden learns that even though he flunked his school several times, he can persevere and study harder at another school. Lastly, the theme of coming of age is explored in the novel as Holden suffers throughout the novel. "I have a feeling that you're riding for some kind of terrible, terrible fall. . . . The whole arrangements designed for men who, at some time or other in their lives, were looking for something their own environment couldn't supply them with. . . . So they gave up looking." (186 Salinger) Holden suffers emotionally. Just like the quote, he is going through a terrible fall or a meltdown, and he is told that he needs to realize his conflicts and fix it, or he will fall apart. 'To kill a Mockingbird' and 'The Catcher in the Rye' are both written in 1st person to show thorough view of the protagonists' points and their ways of thinking. Also, they both deal with the inner struggle or realization that they go through or accomplish and end with a conclusion where both characters have matured and grown. ...read more.

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