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

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Scout, one of the main characters in Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird", experiences loss of innocence as she grows up through the book.  One such experience occurs in chapter two, where she is defending Walter Cunningham when Miss Caroline offers him a quarter to pay for his lunch.  She explains that Walter's family wouldn't be able to pay back the quarter, which Miss Caroline took as Scout demeaning Walter and his family

Another loss of innocence occurs when a group of school children are defaming Atticus, Scout's father, because he is defending Tom Robinson, a black man.  Racial tension, strife, and disparity abound in the juvenile version of a mob, while Scout doesn't see anything wrong with her father's defense of a black man.

Thirdly, in chapter twenty six, Scout understands hatred for Hitler and Hitler's Germany in it's persecution of Jews, but she doesn't understand her teacher's equal hatred for black people as an equal stance.  In her eyes, the two situations are unequal.

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