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How does Scout, from To Kill A Mocking Bird change throughout the novel?

How does Jean- Louise Finch from To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, change and mature throughout the novel?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I believe that one of the most important themes of the novel is the loss of innocence. The character of Scout portrays this theme very well. At the beginning of the book, we see Scout as any other little girl. Except perhaps for her boyishness, she is like any other child. She is intelligent and responds quickly to the situations arising in life. Her ideas are simple and childish, as when she speaks of her 'engagement' with Dill and when they decide to have a baby.

    When she starts school, she learns that it is not always proper to say bluntly what is the truth. She already knows how to read and write but her new teacher says that it is wrong. She comes to a compromise with her father but in a certain way, she is practicing a minor deception.

    When Atticus takes on the Tom Robinson case, she has to fight against all odds to keep calm. The only reason she keeps her calm through all the teasing and back biting is that she has promised something to Atticus and does not like to let him down. However she does fight for her father's good name when he is insulted by her cousin Francis.

    Scout has faith in Atticus because he has never let he down. She knows that if he fights, it's for the good always. She has no racial prejudice against Tom Robinson, but the trial of the latter is a real eye opener to him. Her growth is almost incredible as she comes to understand all the prejudice against her father's client and that he will lose the case simply because Tom is black. However she still keeps faith in human naure whereas Jem is traumatised by it.

    In a sense, the plot of the story charts Scout's moral education, and the theme of how children are educated—how they are taught to move from innocence to adulthood—recurs throughout the novel (at the end of the book, Scout even says that she has learned practically everything except algebra).

    The book questions the fact of whether people are essentially good or essentially evil. The novel approaches this question by dramatizing Scout and Jem's transition from a perspective of childhood innocence, in which they assume that people are good because they have never seen evil, to a more adult perspective, in which they have confronted evil and must incorporate it into their understanding of the world, thus resulting in their loss of innocence.

    Also as Scout grows up she comes to accept people as they are, not as she would wat them to be. At first she tries to make out the character of Boo, but when he shows kindness towards her as when he covers her wih a blanket on the night Miss Maudie's house is burnt, she comes to feel some respect for him. he saves her life at the end of the book and she is the one to explain to Atticus what Heck Tate is unable to:that Boo must never be mentioned in the death of Mr Ewell. Scout accompanies Boo to his house and as she stands on the Radley porch for the first and last time in her life, she comes to understand the significance and wisdom of Atticus's words when he said that to understand a person you have to stand up and walk around in his shoes.

    I'm including a character analysis of Scout from sparknotes. I believe it might help you:-

    Scout is a very unusual little girl, both in her own qualities and in her social position. She is unusually intelligent (she learns to read before beginning school), unusually confident (she fights boys without fear), unusually thoughtful (she worries about the essential goodness and evil of mankind), and unusually good (she always acts with the best intentions). In terms of her social identity, she is unusual for being a tomboy in the prim and proper Southern world of Maycomb.

    One quickly realizes when reading To Kill a Mockingbird that Scout is who she is because of the way Atticus has raised her. He has nurtured her mind, conscience, and individuality without bogging her down in fussy social hypocrisies and notions of propriety. While most girls in Scout's position would be wearing dresses and learning manners, Scout, thanks to Atticus's hands-off parenting style, wears overalls and learns to climb trees with Jem and Dill. She does not always grasp social niceties (she tells her teacher that one of her fellow students is too poor to pay her back for lunch), and human behavior often baffles her (as when one of her teachers criticizes Hitler's prejudice against Jews while indulging in her own prejudice against blacks), but Atticus's protection of Scout from hypocrisy and social pressure has rendered her open, forthright, and well meaning.

    At the beginning of the novel, Scout is an innocent, good-hearted five-year-old child who has no experience with the evils of the world. As the novel progresses, Scout has her first contact with evil in the form of racial prejudice, and the basic development of her character is governed by the question of whether she will emerge from that contact with her conscience and optimism intact or whether she will be bruised, hurt, or destroyed like Boo Radley and Tom Robinson. Thanks to Atticus's wisdom, Scout learns that though humanity has a great capacity for evil, it also has a great capacity for good, and that the evil can often be mitigated if one approaches others with an outlook of sympathy and understanding. Scout's development into a person capable of assuming that outlook marks the culmination of the novel and indicates that, whatever evil she encounters, she will retain her conscience without becoming cynical or jaded. Though she is still a child at the end of the book, Scout's perspective on life develops from that of an innocent child into that of a near grown-up.

    Hope this helps!

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  • 1 decade ago

    She grows up

    She learns how to love and she generally understands a lot moe about what's going on around her. Take Boo for example- at first she is catious of him but as the novel goes on she expresses a small amount of love for him.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    what she thinks about boo

    at first she is scared

    then he gives her the blanket, so she starts to see him as a person

    then they are friends at the end

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