To Kill A Mockingbird, the coming of age and the loss of childhood is an important theme that the author Harper Lee points using two characters. She used the characters Scout and her brother, Gem. Both of the characters face coming of age with the awareness that the games they played in the beginning, like making fun of Boo without knowing the pain they caused, no longer fit who they are now.
Their belief that good always wins over evil no longer fits after they saw what happened at the trial. Coming of age is the theme that is shown throughout this book.It basically draws a afore and after picture when you put the pieces together. The quote “Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they’re not attracting attention with it. “(chapter 9) explains this theme. This explains a stage all kids go through, even now. You have to let the kids notice that you’re ignoring what they’re saying and stop it.
As you can see throughout the book Scout uses harsh words in the beginning but it slowly fades away because Tactics let her. He didn’t get her in trouble, which is basically what she was looking for. The quote in the last paragraph also goes for Gem.Gem didn’t really say mean words because he is older and slightly wiser than Scout. Gem is always the courageous father figure towards Scout. He teaches Scout great morals and shows her that he is brave. Like for example when Gem touched Boo Raddled house.
Scout was amazed that he touched a “monster” but then later finds out that that “monster” had saved her and Gem’s life. Gem has been taught the morals by Tactics and that’s why he is sort of mature. Tactics tries to teach Scout these morals but Gem explains it thoroughly. Another quote that explains the theme is a quote that Tactics says. L wanted you to e what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.
You rarely win, but sometimes you do. ” (Chapter 11). This is Tactics trying to teach his kids another moral lesson so they can mature. He is telling them that the man behind a gun isn’t courageous but a coward. The moral lesson is teaching them to never give up on your hopes and dreams. Go after it and never give up on your dreams even though it seems impossible. This is the kind of quote my parent’s would say to me.
Scout definitely learns from the quote above. The quote “It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived. ” (Chapter 1 1), explains her lesson learned. After analyzing what her father said, she now realizes what real courage is.
Courage is like going into something that everyone thinks is impossible but you never give up hope. Book. The lessons that Gem and Scout learn are crucial morals that all children need to know. As you can see throughout the novel, Scout matures substantially. She goes from a mean little tomboy, to a mature young lady.She was rude and bluntly said the truth which wasn’t meant to be told. After maturity Scout now knows the true meaning & order of things and that she should respect them.
Gem matures into a young man that is respectful and wise Just like his father. Before maturity, Gem had foolish childish concept of courage. All he wanted to do was be honored, but what he did to receive that “honor” was pure stupidity. After maturity, Gem possessed a different kind of courage, which is to do what is right even if it is not admired. As people grow in life, they mature and change & that’s why Coming-of-age is the theme of this book.