To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 16 question

What is a formative experience? Do you think that the Tom Robinson trial will be a formative experience in the lives of Scout and Jem? If so, how? What lesson do you think they will take away from the trial?

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Formative experience is the everyday life we lived growing up which leads to how we understand the world in later life. Certainly, the trial changes Scout, Jem, and Dill. They see the darker side of humanity through their friends and neighbors. They see that justice does not always win and truth can get blurred behind bigotry. I think they also learn that their father did make a difference by revealing the truth. They learn that fighting for what is right is difficult but necessary.