Question: English & Literature

In chapter 12 of To Kill A Mockingbird, what examples of innocence are given? What examples of growing up or loss of innocence are found in the chapter?

In English & Literature | Asked by Soccerlvr55
Asked from the To Kill a Mockingbird study pack

Calpurnia is in charge when Atticus is away, she invites Scout and Jem to attend her all-black congregation.  In this way keeping Dill symbolizes her loss of innocence when Lula, member of the church, demonstrates that racism and prejudice go both ways. Also, Scout's view of the world is not distorted by racism,therefore she is shocked that anyone could trust the Ewells (white people) over believing Tom's innocence, a black man.

coolcombovers | 2039 days ago
(guest) | 1462 days ago

Chapter 12 is the chapter where Scout and Jem go to an all black church with Cal and they experience reverse discrimmination for the first time. The innocence is evident as Scout is shocked by the church member's reaction to their presence as well as their shock that someone would believe the Ewell's story as the truth. She begins to realize, also, that she is on the brink of a personal change as Jem begins to treat her differently...telling her to 'act more like a girl'. The way in which she's viewed life is not only altered by the event at the church, but by the changed nature of her interactions with Jem. 

MHood2 | 1388 days ago