Essay on Lizette P

Submitted By lizetteparra
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Lizette Parra
6/4/12
2nd hour

Coming of age: a young person’s transition from childhood to adulthood, one good example is the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. “To Kill a Mockingbird” is set in the fictional place of Maycomb County, Alabama and resolves around a young girl named Jean Louise Finch who goes by the nickname “Scout”. Scout experiences different events in her life that makes her come of age. Three of the main events that make Scout come of age are Arthur Radley (Boo), Tom Robinson’s trial, and not solving problems with violence. Early in the book, Arthur Radley was just the subject of talks and myths that gave him the nickname Boo. He is described as a tall and scary looking person who runs around at night eating raw cats, squirrels, and chickens. All the children of Maycomb County are scared and fascinated with Boo because he is seen as scary and mysterious from all the stories and myths the kids themselves tell about him. At the beginning of the book, Scout sees Boo as a monster just like every other kid did. As Scout grows older, she also grows wiser, and she comes to recognize that Boo Radley is not the raw squirrel-eating ghoul that legend dictates. In the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” on page 374, Scout says “Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough”. This proves that Scout now has matured and sees Arthur differently; she sees him with more respect. Tom Robinson is an African American who is accused of raping Mayela Ewell even though he is innocent. It is his skin color that works against him, and the jury decides to believe the Ewells' stories instead of Tom's. Atticus (Scout’s dad) is the defendant of Tom in the jury and does everything he can to prove Tom’s innocence. Scout and her brother Jem are at the court the day of the trial and both think it’s unfair for the judge to say Tom was guilty. Scout's thought about the trial is: “Atticus should win because he's Atticus and cause he knows what to do and he is never wrong. Atticus remained calm through the duration of the trial. Even as tension arose, he kept his head about him. We saw no possible way for Atticus to lose us the case. Mr. Gilmer, I thought, was way too pushy, and brought a certain aura to the serene situation, but that's because it's his job to be tough”. So she thought that just Atticus being tough and the kind of guy he was of course he was going to win the case. She also thought that her…