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How does Scout experience loss of innocence in To Kill A Mockingbird?

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In Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout has a number of experiences that cause her to grow up sooner than some other children. She has a good support system, but one highlight of the novel is Scout's narration as she learns about the realities of 1930s Alabama.

The lynch mob scene outside of the Maycomb courthouse in chapter 15 is a good example of Scout learning things that strip her of her innocence. She follows her father, only to find people she has known her whole life gathered in a show of intimidation and violence.

The farcical trial and wrongful conviction of Tom Robinson for the rape of Mayella Ewell is another powerful example of Scout's loss of innocence. Scout is a child, and even she could see by the testimony and evidence that Tom was innocent. It was obvious. She had to watch as twelve people from her town ignored the facts and convicted a man because of his skin color.

The murder of Tom Robinson hits Scout and the rest of the Finch family with unparalleled force. Tom is...

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