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Hello, i have to do an essay on To Kill a Mockingbird and Living Up the Street. The question is in each novel the main character(s) experience a "coming-of-age" and/or a "loss of innocence." In a five paragraph essay, explain the different ways in which on of the characters from either of the novels experience either a "coming-of-age" and/or a "loss of innocence." Please help!!?? I am very desperate and confused right now. Thank you.
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I think a lot of students get confused about the words "coming of age." This simply means "growing up." So, your assignment is to show how one of the characters "grows up."
In a five paragraph essay, I would use one body paragraph to show the character as innocent, young, and not grown up - descriptions from the beginning of the story, most likely.
Then, in each of the next two body paragraphs, I would focus on two specific ways the character changed. This could mean a couple of things. This could show an event that significantly changed the charcter - and how - or it could simply show two major changes (as compared to the first paragraph) - and give evidence of those changes.
A very small scale example of this with Scout is as follows: at the beginning of the book her innocence/childishness is evidenced by her fascination with Boo Radley - and the games and ideas that come from imagining he is a monster. Then (2nd paragraph) she begins to learn to see things from other people's perspectives (lesson from Atticus). This includes Walter Cunninham, Calpurnia, Tom Robinson. By the end of the novel (3rd paragraph) we see Scout walking Boo Radley home, and looking at the neighborhood from his porch. Only 2 years have gone by since the beginning of the book, but Scout is a great deal more mature - evidenced by her description at the end of the novel.
Hope that helps.
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