Raw Ham to Cooked Ham

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To Kill A Mockingbird is a novel, written by Harper Lee. It pivots around the growth of Scout, a young girl who lives in the middle of a racist southern town, Maycomb, Alabama. At first she acts like a reckless, boyish child (22). However, Scout discovers racism and evil, in doing so she suffers a loss of innocence, Scout ends up more mature and she learns to care for others. Hence, it is evident that Scout is a dynamic character rather than a static character. Scout changes from a tomboy to a young girl, with the help of Jem. For much of their younger live, Scout got along as a friend with her brother, Jem. He accepted her tomboyish characteristics, however, as Jem begins to mature, he dislikes Scout’s tomboy characteristics. Scout is confused and cries about it to Atticus. Atticus tells Scout that Jem is being moody and that Scout should try to understand Jem. It reasonable to assume that Scout has matured because she says, “Jem stayed moody and silent for a week. As Atticus had once advised me to do, I tried to climb into Jem’s skin and walk around in it: if I had gone alone to the Radley Place at two in the morning, my funeral would have been held the next afternoon. So I left Jem alone and tried not to bother him.” (77). This quotation shows Scout beginning to mature even in the early sections of the book. If it were the immature Scout, she would have argued to Jem as to why he was moody and silent. However, since Scout has matured after Atticus’s lecture, she now knows that it is better to leave Jem alone for him to have some private time. Evidence that Scout used to be an immature and innocent girl could be noticed when she runs out to Atticus in hopes to save him when he was being threatened by Mr. Cunningham and his g... ... middle of paper ... ... replies, “’Read it out loud, please, Atticus. It’s real scary.’ ‘No,’ he said. ‘You’ve had enough scaring for a while. This is too-‘ ‘Atticus, I wasn’t scared’” (375). This shows maturity in Scout in that she tells Atticus that she wasn’t scared when Bob Ewell attacked her. A normal 9 year old would have not said this, but would have rather cried and whined about it. However, Scout, a young girl now tells Atticus that she is fine and that he does not have to worry about her. In conclusion, it is evident that Scout is a dynamic character rather than a static character because she understands Jem and sees Atticus as a person rather than a parent, and Scout has matured to a certain extent. If the story were to be continued, Scout would grow up to be a mature woman who has no racist perceptions of the world and who could stand against the wrong and believe in justice.

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