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Childhood Experience Essay

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An independent study unit essay worth 10% of the final grade of the course.Title: Childhood experienceHave you ever thought of an answer to reply to your children, when they ask you, "What was the world like when you were a child?", "What things that happened that impressed you most when you were a child?" or "How interesting is your childhood experience?". Everybody must have had their childhood. Some of the experiences may cause them to smile, or even laugh, while some of them may bring back bitter memories. It is always hard to express the childhood incidents or experience in a clear and interesting way, since they were past memories that happened long time ago. Moreover, when a person ...view middle of the document...

..." (Harper Lee, 48). This is a "fact" they heard from their neighbours. Until one day, their neighbour Miss Maudie's house was found on fire. While Scout was standing outside in the cold watching the fire, someone from behind her and put a blanket around her shoulders. Later, Scout and Jem realized that there was only one person in town who had not fought to put out the fire -- Boo Radley. Scout asked, "Thank who?"(Harper Lee, 76). Jem replied, "Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn't know it when he put the blanket around you."(Harper Lee, 76) It was then that Scout and Jem started to realize that Boo Radley was basically a kind and normal person, and that he was not a strange person as they thought at the beginning of the story. This incident proves that misunderstanding can bring a child into wrong perspectives, and that experience through time helps to solve the problem. There is also another proof from the novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. In the story, the main character, Tom Sawyer, thought that school was a restriction to him and therefore he decided to skip school and found his "world of freedom" from the forest and rivers. His aunt, Polly said, "Didn't you want to go in a-swimming, Tom?" (Mark Twain, 13) Afterwards, Aunt Polly tried to punish him for skipping school by ordering him to wash a long, huge fence. However, this did not have any effect on Tom. He continued to do what he thought was "right" -- skips classes. He did not seem to care why his aunt Polly punished him. This is, once again, another example to show how innocent behaviour can lead a child to have wrong perspective and behaviour.Although it has been said that innocent behaviour usually leads a child into the wrong path, there are still some exceptions. Having said that, it should be remembered that the nature of a child really helps to develop his or her own positive personality and behaviour, together with their childhood experience. For example, in To Kill a Mockingbird, the character Scout, was a smart and clever girl. However, she did not get any close friends other than her new friend Dill and her brother Jem, as seen from the story. From the scene where Scout argued and embarrassed Mr. Cunningham, her friend Walter Cunningham's father, dissuading him from trying to kill Tom Robinson, one can discover her talent in speaking and arguing with people. She said, "Hey, Mr. Cunningham, how's your entailment gettin' along?" (Harper Lee, 155), reminding Mr. Cunningham that Scout's father, Atticus, had once helped him with legal problems. Scout continued to talk about young Walter, and how she once lent him money to buy lunch when the boy had nothing to eat. "I go to school with Walter, he's your boy, ain't he?" (Harper Lee, 156) This kind of friendly talk made Mr. Cunningham ashamed and finally left the jail instead of killing Tom Robinson. This nature helped her to grow up and become more mature through the experiences she encountered throughout...

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