What are some examples of loss of innocence and wisdom in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

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reidalot eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First of all, the children lose their innocence as to the ways of the adult world. They experience, first hand, just how prejudice looks in the case of Tom Robinson and the town's hatred as it turns on their father, Atticus. They experience a loss of innocence in their understanding of human nature and the complexity of all people, yet gain wisdom in understanding that no matter social status or  color, we are all people. They also experience a gain of wisdom in the situation with Boo Radley; you must give each individual a chance and not listen to gossip. Atticus also teaches them wisdom, to live in someone's skin before you attempt to judge them!

mjush eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In this book, we can view innocence as the outlook the children have in the world. They have ana innocent outlook such as the belief that people are equal and things such as color should not matter.

The loss of this innocence is when they realize the world does not work this way.

One such example is their surprise that a black man could be ruled as guilty in court when he is clearly innocent and everyone knows this.

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