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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - The Character of Scout

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The Character of Scout  in To Kill A Mockingbird


In this essay you will be informed about Jean Louise Finch, or other-wise known as Scout, after reading this essay you will understand about her physical description, conflicts, courage, and emotional moments discussed in the book , 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' by Harper Lee.

Scout is just a straight, plain tom-boy.  She wears dirty overalls, very scruffy, has bangs and, like most tom-boys, hates to wear dresses.  That was just to tell a little about her physically you will find more about her behaviour while reading the following paragraphs.

There are moments in this book that show conflict between Scout and other characters.  An example of a conflict is between Scout and Cecil Jacob, a class-mate.  This conflict is about her father, Atticus, Cecil said that Atticus was a nigger-lover.  The same conflict came up again but this time it was between Scout and Francis, her cousin, about her dad, Atticus, being a nigger-lover, this conflict started on page 83-86.  A part of this is below (page 86):

'"What did Francis call him[Atticus]?".

"A nigger-lover...."'

One other conflict was with an old lady, Mrs. Dubose, this conflict was started by Mrs. Dubose, she had started this problem because she was being snappy at Scout for no reason, Scout hated her, this hate is shown on page 99.  It is stated below:

'"Jem and I hated her[Mrs. Dubose]."'

So after Scout had found out Mrs. Dubose's reason for be snappy all the time, the reason was she was sick and on the drug Morphine.

Scout is an extremely courageous character too.  Since I've told you about the Cecil Jacobs' conflict you might be thinking, "What a JERK!!"  Scout does too and wants to make him eat a knuckle-sandwich!  The amazing and courageous part is that she has never turned down a fight in her life but now she does because Atticus had said for her not to listen and most importantly of all not to fight back.  So she is not fighting back because of her love for Atticus but taking the blow, as in letting them call her and her father names.  I call this being a courageous human-being.  This drama is shown on pages 75-77.  I have taken an example from pages 76-77:

'"You gonna take that back, boy[Cecil Jacobs]?"

'"You gotta make me first!" .... "My parents say...."  I drew a bead on him, remembered what Atticus had said, then dropped my fists and walked away, "Scout's a coward!" ringing in my ears.'

This character, Scout, also shows quite a few emotional moments too.  If you recall on the paragraph above, the scene when Scout is fighting her cousin, Francis, for Atticus.  Also on the paragraph above it said Scout didn't fight Cecil and took the blow, I mean being called names, for her dad Atticus out of love, this shows her emotions for her dad.  One other example is when Arthur Radley, known well as Boo, finally comes out of his house when he sees Bob Ewell walking up to Scout and her brother, Jem, and Bob Ewell tries to kill them but Boo Radley saves the children by killing Bob Ewell.  During all this commotion in the dark, it's night time, Jem fractures his arm badly, so Boo, supposedly shy and sensitive, carries Jem back to their own house.  After the doctor and the sheriff leave the house, Boo asks Scout to take him home, which she does, then for the second time Scout stands on the Radley porch and for once is in Boo Radley's shoes and now knows why he doesn't come out, he doesn't want to, she shows emotion here too, understanding and friendship.  This incident is on pages 260-279.  On pages 278-279 is when Scout walks Boo back to his house:

'"Will you take me home?" ....... Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.  Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.'

So I conclude to say that the character just written about is both courageous and emotional, but, like everyone else, se has real life conflicts with fellow characters.  Scout is worth well to study about, knowing all that has been described and stated I hope you agree with me.

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