Chart the loss of innocence of the young characters Jem and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. Discuss these changes.
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JEM'S AND SCOUT'S LOSS OF INNOCENCE
- Their loss of innocence started with the death of their mother to a heart attack.
- Scout discovers that all school teachers are not particularly fair or adept in their field.
- They learn that all children do not have the quality of home life that they experience.
- Scout is taught by Atticus to "climb into his skin" first to better understand other people's actions.
- Scout learns the definition of "compromise."
- They come to realize that the terrible stories spread about Boo Radley are not true.
- Jem discovers that adults lie and can be cruel to even their own family members (ex: Nathan Radley cementing the knothole).
- They learn that bad things happen to good people (ex: Miss Maudie's house burning).
- Scout learns that flying fists don't always solve arguments.
- They discover that Atticus is not "feeble," and that he has hidden talents (ex: marksmanship).
- They learn the definition of humility.
- Jem learns that heroism comes in many forms.
- They see first-hand the poverty level of Maycomb's black population.
- They come to realize that not all of their Finch ancestors were upstanding citizens and that all "Fine Folks" are not really fine folks.
- They discover how Atticus came to take on the defense of Tom Robinson.
- They discover that not all juries are just.
- Scout discovers the real truth about Dolphus Raymond.
- Through Tom Robinson, Dolphus Raymond and Boo Radley, they find that people are not always what they appear to be.
- They come to realize the dangers of Atticus' job.
- Scout realizes that not all ladies are really ladies.
- Scout sees that devout people do not always practice what they preach.
- Through Bob Ewell, they discover the depths of evil in some men.
- Scout finally understands Atticus' admonition that it's "a sin to kill a mockingbird."
- Scout sees first-hand that Boo has been their friend and protector all along.
- Scout comes to realize that most people--even those who are thought to be different--are "real nice."