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Seeing the World Through the Eyes of a Child: To Kill a Mockingbird

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Eyes of a Child Living in little Maycomb County in the 1930s is easier said than done; especially as a child. Jem and Scout Finch, along with their friend Charles "Dill" Harris, discover their community's tendencies just like any other person would. However, the way concepts such as social inequality, racial prejudice, and perspective affect these children contrast with how adults see them. Without fear of judgment from others, a child's innate sense of justice drives their beliefs with deep conviction. While adults possessed a similar sense as a child, it is lost along the journey to adulthood once personal gain and intolerance begin to shape new societal norms. Children grow up learning what's good and bad without thought to their own personal gain. The morality of these innocent children is incredibly tangible and completely transparent. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, children emphasize a sense of right and wrong for adults while discovering for themselves the inconsistencies of the world. At the beginning of the novel, the trio of Jem, Scout and Finch become very interested in their neighbors down the street, the Radleys. ...read more.


Boo was a neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it; we had given him nothing, and it made me sad." (320). Scout realizes the world's capacity for good and evil is great, however large or small these evils are. This is the kind of emotion and thought that many lose on the journey to adulthood. Time, money, and friendships between community members become factors over the way you treat someone. However, children have the open-mindedness to accept anyone who wants to be their friend because they have not experienced the evils of the world. With age comes responsibility; something children are free of. And with these responsibilities comes the natural human desire to be successful. Although some will keep childhood friends, other will develop enemies or resentment and bitterness towards some. Children are not bound by anything and freely interact with whoever they please. ...read more.


Dill Harris, Jem Finch, and Scout Finch are not extraordinary examples of morality in children. Nearly everyone has this same sense of justice within them as a child. However, we are all victims of societal norms and tendencies. Some improve yourself as a person, but others make you question your morals and, sometimes, lure you towards the sacrifice of character and morality for success or personal gain. In Jem, Scout, and Atticus Finch, we can make a literal comparison to the finch, usually found in people's yards. A tame, brightly feathered bird with pleasant calls and songs. It is similar to a mockingbird in its behavior and musical calls and songs. Not only is Boo a symbolic representation of the mockingbird, but Atticus, Jem, Scout, and Dill are examples of the bird also. These children understand and feel, emotionally, the injustices society inflicts upon its members. But the real story lies in whether they become immune to these injustices into adulthood, or stand by their beliefs with conviction. While the patterns of social inequality, racial prejudice, and lack of perspective affect society as a whole, there are always children who recognize the unfairness we subconsciously accept in our daily lives. ...read more.

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