Theme Of The Pact And To Kill A Mockingbird

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“No one loses their innocence. It is either taken or given away willingly,” was once said by Tiffany Madison. In both books, The Pact and To Kill A Mockingbird, the main character’s innocence was taken away from them in harsh and bitter ways. First, in To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout Finch, the main character arguably loses her innocence from the Tom Robinson trial, a trial which features racial prejudice. This is when Scout realizes that the monsters in her life were no longer the ones under her bed, but the people surrounding her in her everyday life. Secondly, in The Pact, the main character, Mike Dougherty, starts to lose his purity at a very young age when his father becomes an alcoholic and becomes abusive while drunk. There are many other…show more content…
First, an example of this is in the book, The Pact. Mike Dougherty, starts off the book by saying, “My world, at the age of eight, was small geographically and devoid of nearly all luxuries, but seemed to me to lack nothing in the way of excitement, mystery, and adventure. My friends and I managed to fill our days with those critical and frivolous activities of childhood, without the slightest suspicion of being deprived in any way” (Roers 1). To many now, Mike’s childhood would be considered austere. His father is an alcoholic who is very malicious while drunk, his father was admitted to a rehab center, their family doesn’t have the most money in the world, and his best friend was murdered by his insane mom. From these things, Mike lost his innocence, but he also gained the gift of maturity. While most wouldn’t consider his childhood remarkable, Mike made the choice to learn from this. He learns that “in the gray, churning turmoil of human conduct there could be love-as constant and powerful as the movement of the earth, and as tender and delicate as a child’s prayer” (Roers 180). As one can see, from all the harsh and grueling things Mike endured while in the process of diminishing his purity, he became mature. Furthermore, another example of this in in To Kill A Mockingbird. “Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom. People said he existed, but Jem and I had never seen him” (Lee 10),…show more content…
Scout has many experiences that would be worth sharing and teaching to her future kids in To Kill A Mockingbird. One of the most memorable ordeals was the Tom Robinson trial. At the beginning of the book, Scout isn’t sure what to think of Tom Robinson, but throughout the hearing, she starts to see that he is innocent as seen in this quote, “Tom Robinson was probably the only person who was ever decent to her” (Lee 257). She realizes that he is a decent person, and so does the rest of the town, but this was a time of racial prejudice, so the jury found him guilty, even if that wasn’t what they truly believed. When Tom was found guilty, Scout describes this proceeding with her brother, Jem: “It was Jem’s turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd. ‘It ain’t right,’ he muttered” (Lee 285). Scout agrees with Jem and knows that this was the wrong decision by the jury and feels helpless. One can only imagine the future conversations she will have as a sophisticated adult, trying to solve the major problem, racial prejudice. As the book ends with her as her young, childlike self, one may never know what she will end up like in subsequent time. On the other hand, in The Pact, Mike has an experience that is just as unpleasant, if not more. One day, Ricky, his best friend, explains to Mike that his mom beats him when he prays

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