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Atticus Character Development

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In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, each character faces a series of events which contributes to their development and growth. Other characters also influence these chances. Due to these events and people, the characters grew and were altered from the way they were in the beginning of the novel. Scout is no exception. The growth in Scout's maturity and understanding is seen in the way she treats others, and handles the tensions during this time. All of these changes are influenced by Atticus and the way he raises her and is an example for Scout. "The novel is narrated by Jean Louise Finch from the perspective of an adult remembering events from her own childhood. Since we see Scout as a child and what she understands as a remembering adult,…show more content…
Scout had a tremendous amount of respect and love for Atticus. Whatever Atticus told her, she took it to heart and actually listened. "Scout learns Atticus ethic completely. Looking at her life from Boo's perspective, she is able to see herself and her experiences in a new way. She also makes an act of comparison—and this is her gift, as the neighbor, to Boo: she sees the world from his point of view and gains an understanding of him that no one else in Maycomb has ever had and, since he enters his house never to emerge again, ever will have" (Jones 112). One of the best advices Scout received was from Atticus. “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" (Lee 30). Atticus's advice eventually helped save his life. Scout, by being her innocent self, was able to turn away the mob saving Atticus's and Tom's life. Scout wasn't aware of the mobs motives, but she remembered Atticus telling her to be social and polite. "Atticus had said it was the polite thing to talk to people about what they were interested in, not about what you were interested in" (Lee 154). So she did the just that with Mr. Cunningham. Scout's innocence and maturity doesn't go unnoticed. A small child was able to save a grown man for a little while longer when everyone wanted him
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