ToKill a Mockingbird
ToKill a Mockingbird Argumentative Essay
Inthe novel ToKill a MockingBird, there are many prejudices portrayed towards a diversepopulation. The beliefs of the society have a great impact on the wayideologies are viewed. There are injustices in the society whereindividuals who have done nothing wrong end up suffering because ofother people`s mistakes. This paper will put forth an argument whichproves that child innocence is taken away because of societalbeliefs.
Achild’s innocence being taken away due to the beliefs of thesociety is noted in the case of Jem and Scout, who approach lifeinnocently, and believe that people are kind hearted, just like theirfather was. They are showcased as being innocent since they thinkthat individuals in the society adhere to the same values. DuringTom’s trial in court, the two children were very disappointedbecause the jury decided to convict an innocent man. Tom wasobviously innocent, but because he was a black man while the personwho accused him was white (Jordison, 2013). Jem notices that evil areexistent and he is forced to stop believing in the goodness of peoplein the society. "It was Jem`s turn to cry. His face was streakedwith angry tears as we made our way through the lively crowd. "Itain`t right," he muttered, all the way to the corner of thesquare where we found Atticus waiting" and Jem goes through anemotional turmoil as he comes to terms with the disappointing natureof general unfairness, racism and inequality as well (Haggerty,2015).
Anotherexample of the loss of innocence is with Boo Radley. During histeenage life, he was with a group of children who were caught as theywere breaking the law. All the children were taken to juvenile,except for Radley who was forced to stay in jail until people ensuredthat his parents took him home. After being taken home, he continuedbeing caught as a prisoner because he was told never to leave thehouse, and this continued for 25 years as showcased in “Boo Radley,who had not been out of the house in twenty-five years” (Lee,2012). Despite the fact that Boo and the other children who broke thelaw were disrespectful, he did not deserve the abuse and torturewhich he got from his family.
Eventhough “children are children, but they can spot an evasion quickerthan adults, and evasion simply muddles ‘em” (Lee, 2012). It isalways important to answer a child whatever questions they askbecause they always know when one tries to avoid answering. Childrenoften get annoyed when they ask a question, and then they discoverthat the person they inquired from has no intention of answering thequestion.
Theexamples above show the manner in which the innocence of a child istaken away because of the beliefs held by the society. For instance,Jem and Scout witness the jailing of an innocent man, who is beingsubjected to unfair terms because of his ethnic background (black).They both observe the evils in the society and get emotional as theirinnocence is taken away. On the other hand, Boo is severely punishedfor several years for breaking the law, and he becomes a prisonereven in his home. Overall, it is quite evident that the beliefs heldby society can shape the minds of children and without a doubt, takeaway their innocence.
Haggerty,A. (2015). HarperLee: To kill a mockingbird.Marshall Cavendish.
Lee,H. (2012). To kill a mockingbird. Litigation,68-58.
Jordison,S. (2013). : abook that still raises questions about `good` justice. Retrievedfromhttps://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jul/18/mockingbird-questions-good-justice