Scout was the narrator of the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" (by Harper Lee). At first she didn't know a lot about Maycomb (the town they live in), the people in the town and life. Through the book she had lots of new experiences and learned a lot. This knowledge caused significant changes in her characteristics and perspective. As the novel progressed, she has grown up. She has become a better person. At the beginning of the book, Scout was not a nice child. She had hard times controlling herself, and usually she was not able to. She knew Atticus wouldn't like it if he heard of her fighting, but still she fought a lot, like the time she got angry to Cecil Jacobs and fought him (pg. 99). She was also mean and rude, which can easily be seen as she got angry and protested it when Walter poured syrup all over his dinner (pg. 32). As she was young, she also was not able to look at things from other people's perspective. This could easily be seen in her first day of school, as she only saw things from her point of view, never caring about her teacher's perspective (pg. 26). Her youth also ...
Scout learned a number of things in the book, but most of them all refer back to a statement that Atticus and Calpurnia said, which goes, “It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird because all they do is sing their hearts our for us.” (Lee, pg. 90). Scout learned that about people, too. She learned that some people don’t do anything to you, so it would be a sin to do something mean in return. Over the course of the story Scout becomes more mature and learns the most important facts of life. She was living through a very difficult time and most of that helped her get through.
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout Finch tries to please her father, but living with no mother it’s hard to know how to act. It’s natural to follow Jem, her brother, when that is her only friend through out the years. Imagine hearing gossip about your father from friends, neighbors, and even your own cousin. Scout had to push through all of the gossip and believe in her father. Throughout the novel Scout shows how social she can be. To Kill a Mockingbird is a great novel that keeps you reading. Scout has a positive effect on events such as at the jail, she was the reason that the mob left. She also always curious so she is more mature than most kids her age. Through the journey of the trial she shows how hot-tempered, tomboyish, and mature she can be.
In the early chapters of the book, Scout picks fights at the slightest provocation. One example of this is when Scout beats up Walter Cunningham, one of her classmates, for “not having his lunch”, which isn’t a very good reason at all. “Catching Walter Cunningham in the schoolyard gave me some pleasure, but when I was rubbing his nose in the dirt Jem came by and told me to stop. ‘You’re bigger’n he is,’ he said … ‘He made me start off on the wrong foot.’ … ‘Let him go Scout. Why?’ ‘He didn’t have any lunch,’ I said, and explained my involvement in Walter’s dietary affairs” (27). Scout is also very mischievous and has a devious mentality towards Calpurnia. She describes Calpurnia as a tyrannical presence, and she does everything she can to get her out of the house. One time Scout does this is when Walter comes over to her house to eat dinner. Scout criticizes Walter for drowning his food in molasses, and Calpurnia scolds Scout. After Walter leaves, Scout asks Atticus to fire Calpurnia, which of course he doesn’t do. “Jem said suddenly grinned at him. ‘Come on home to dinner with us, Walter,’ he said. … Walter stood where he was, biting his lip. Jem and I gave up, and we were nearly to the Radley Place when Walter called, ‘Hey, I’m comin’!’ While Walter piled food on his plate, he and Atticus talked together like to men, to the wonderment of Jem and me. Atticus was expounding on farm problems when Walter interrupted to ask if there was any molasses in the house… Walter poured syrup on his vegetables and meat with a generous hand.
The first way Scout developed throughout the book was when she became less aggressive. In the beginning, Scout was aggressive when she beats up Walter Cunningham up on the playground on her first day of school. She beats Walter up because he got her in trouble with the teacher. Walter got Scout in trouble because when the teacher asked who had lunch, Walter didn’t raise his hand and when the teacher, Miss Caroline, tried to give
Characters in a book not only tell the story, but teach the reader a lesson. To Kill a Mockingbird is a book that exhibits racism and gives the readers a taste of what it was like in the 1930’s. One of the several major characters of this book is Jean Louise Finch, better known as Scout. She matured greatly because of women characters such as Miss Maudie, Calpurnia, and her Aunt Alexandra. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout teaches all readers the lesson of how it is important to have a motherly figure in your life; she does so through possessing the traits of being curious, tomboy, and hot tempered.
She tells the story with much curiosity of the era she is in, unable to understand the world she lives in and why the black were inferior to the white people. Her soft childlike sense brings comfort to the readers. As we come to the end of the book Scout is older but still gives us a kids perspective.
In the beginning of the story, she was very ignorant and immature to racism “Catching Walter Cunningham in the schoolyard gave me some pleasure, but when I was rubbing his nose in the dirt…”(Harper Lee 30)This quote shows how immature Scout was by fighting over pointless reasons and had little things get her upset. Later on in the novel, Scout started to mature and understand the harsh realities of the world. When Tom Robinson gets arrested and sent for jail, she realizes that people are judged because the color of their skin and she states “ ...Nothin’s wrong with him. Naw,Jem, I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”( Harper Lee 304) This is where Scout really grows up and knows that should not be black or white people or rich and poor people, we should just be
Throughout the book Scout changes by increasing her maturity due to the dramatic events that occur during her youth. “Catching Walter Cunningham in the school yard gave me some pleasure, but when I was rubbing his nose in the dirt Jem came by and told me to stop.” (pg.30) This shows how Scout wasn't afraid to show her feelings through actions. She still isn't mature enough to resolve her problems without physically hurting someone. Another way scout shows her immaturity is when she starts judging the way Walter eats and Calpurnia has to tell her that not everyone has the same lifestyle as them. “ There’s some
She was shocked that Tom Robinson got found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit. The idea of treating Blacks unfairly confused her. As Atticus gave life advice, this concept became a bit more understandable, “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.” (p.321) Scout’s lack of understanding about life, was enough to move into a quest of understanding about life. She moved towards empathy and transcended into her own stereotyped assumption regarding time on Earth due to that
This starts when she approaches Atticus to ask him what the N word means. Atticus tells her not to use the word because it's not a nice thing to say to African Americans. Along with this, there were incidents of Scout fighting classmates like Walter Cunningham and Cecil Jacobs. “...My fists were clenched and I was ready to let fly. Atticus had promised me he would wear me out if he ever heard of me fighting any more; I was far too old and big for such childish things”(pg. 85) shows that Scout has begun to have moral growth. Scout and Aunt Alexandra had very different visions of what a women should look like. They fought a lot at the start of the book, but after a while, Scout matured and started to listen to Alexandra, who taught her what Maycomb's vision of a proper
As the story unwinds, she matures into a less judgemental person. For instance, when she is in the classroom she is judged by Miss Caroline because of the way she is reading. Miss Caroline judges Scout because she feels that her way of teaching is the only way. This reflects a narrow minded attitude that is prevalent in many characters encountered in the book. However, Scout does the same thing to Walter Cunningham and Mrs. Dubose. Walter was over for dinner one night and she judged him because he doused his dinner in syrup. Scout did not agree with the way Walter used the syrup, so she made a big commotion which caused Walter great embarrassment in front of her family. In another instance, Scout judged Mrs. Dubose for the way she made Scout and Jem read to her everyday for what seemed an incessant amount of time. Scout did not agree with this because she did not understand why Mrs. Dubose was making them read to her. Scout thought it was weird and unusual to be made to read as their punishment, but little did she know that Mrs. Dubose was trying to kick her morphine addiction because she would not use the entire time they were they reading. This is another instance of Scout judging someone due to her inability to see multiple sides of a situation. Scout’s character demonstrates the increasing need to develop empathy as one
In the beginning of the book scout is young and not yet matured, she looks to everyone as if they are inferior to herself due to their differences. An example of this would be Boo Radley. Scout thinks of him as this big aggressive giant that is out to kill her. “Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were bloodstained—if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time.” This is the quote of Scout describing what Boo Radley looks like in her mind.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a young girl named Scout is shown to overcome her age and mature throughout the scenarios of the story; two important ones being Scout’s awareness for Boo Radley and the Tom Robinson trial . In addition, I have greatly changed this year by realizing how precious and stunning life is through volunteering at a hospital and seeing more unfortunate people.
Scout first learns to show compassion and tolerance by refusing to go to school because she hates Miss Caroline. Atticus tells her that, 'First of all, if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it'; (30). When Atticus told her this, she began to accept Miss Caroline as well as other people's differences and opinions.
The last reason why Scout has changed is because she’s losing her innocence. In the beginning of “To Kill A Mockingbird” Scout didn’t know what was right or wrong and didn’t know what was happening around her. She didn’t get why the town folks didn’t like the colored people. Scout didn’t know what was acceptable to say and what wasn’t. But now that Scouts older she’s beginning to realize why the town folks don’t like the colored folks even though she doesn’t agree with them and also she’s realizing what’s acceptable to say to