Loss Of Innocence In To Kill A Mockingbird

What are some examples of loss of innocence in To Kill a Mockingbird? Can you give me some quotes that show the loss of innocence?

Some examples of loss of innocence in To Kill a Mockingbird are Jem's distress at the unjust outcome of Tom Robinson's trial, Boo Radley's crimes with his friends as a teenager, and Boo's forced retreat into seclusion and subsequent gossip from the town.

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In Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, loss of innocence is seen specifically with the characters of Jem Finch and Boo Radley.

For Jem, who has watched his father try cases for many years, he believes that in court, justice prevails. He believes completely that Tom Robinson will be found innocent because Atticus has been able to provide reasonable doubt: Tom could not have beaten Mayella because he has no use of his left arm. However, justice is not served in the court trial: prejudice and bigotry take the day, and Jem is crushed.

Judge Taylor was polling the jury: 'Guilty...guilty...guilty...guilty...' I peeked at Jem: his hands were white from gripping the balcony rail, and his shoulders jerked as if each "guilty" was a separate stab between them... (end of Chapter 21)

It was Jem's turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears...

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