The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a coming of age novel. Coming of age novels traditionally show the main character’s psychological growth from youth to maturity. To Kill a Mockingbird follows the two Finch children, Scout and Jem, through a series of events spanning a few years and presents the way they grow and mature because of the things they experience. For example, Jem Finch is shown as an innocent child at the beginning of the novel. The injustice he witnesses at Tom Robinson’s trial is his first exposure to the unfairness of adult life, and it changes the young boy and allows him to mature. At the end of the novel, both physical changes and Jem’s mindset highlight the fact that he has matured from a young child into a teenager.
The novel also belongs to the Southern Gothic genre. Southern Gothic literature usually explores the values of the American South and its culture following the American Civil W...