TKAMB - Childhood and Growing Up

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    • BILDUNGSROMAN
      • A book that focuses on children growing up and learning lessons
      • Because from child point of view - shows how simple relationships are. (Walter and Scout have a fight - then he comes back for dinner)
    • Trial forces children to grow up
      • Start children are innocent and young. (Play games, dares)
        • But then they focus less on playtime and more on the things that force them to grow up like the trial.
      • Jem develops the most
        • Not just Scout recognises Jem growing up. Miss Maudie lets him have a slice of the adult cake, Cal calls him "Mister"
      • Not just Scout recognises Jem growing up. Miss Maudie lets him have a slice of the adult cake, Cal calls him "Mister"
    • Importance of Innocence
      • When Scout stops the mob of people attacking and her childish attitude dehumanises Mr Cunningham
      • When Scout's childish costume protects her from Bob Ewell's knife.
      • Lee makes sure Scout doesn't become bitter about what happens to her.
        • Finishes the novel asleep on Atticus' knee. She is still a child.
    • Still doesn't make sense to Jem and Scout (Prejudice etc), so they continue to ask questions
    • Although they lose their innocence, Lee uses their innocence to show the flaws of Maycomb
    • Quotes
      • "When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness' sake. But don't make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles 'em." - Chapter 9
      • "What's rape?" - Chapter 14

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