How Does Scout Mature In To Kill A Mockingbird

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A character in a book changes drastically from the beginning to the end, they grow as a character and learn many lessons throughout the book. Just like Harper Lee's book “To Kill a Mockingbird” the central character Scout, shifts from a state of innocence to maturity with the result of surviving various misunderstandings. The story presents two Scouts: the little girl experiencing the story and the adult Jean Louise who tells the story. She is raised by her father Atticus who is very political, and empathic. At the beginning of the story, Scout is a curious five year old who asks mindless questions but it's acceptable because she is a child. She does not quite understand the situations around her yet but as the story goes along her mindless …show more content…

She doesn't think much of the situations that happen, which shows her immaturity. Scout’s innocence and naivety push her to act the way she does and also allows her to begin her own journey down the path to adulthood. Her immaturity becomes clear when the neighbor's house caught on fire. Scout is worried that about retrieving a book because she is scared that Dill will get mad if the book burns in the fire. When she hears that the house will burn down she is only worried about “That Tom swift book, it ain't mine its dill” (93). This shows her innocence because she is only worried about the book and is not cautious about the situation going on around her. Her actions show that she doesn't realize the severity of the situation. Scout also shows her purity when the Cunninghams and a few other town folks come to kill Tom Robinson in the jail. When a scout sees this she doesn't realize what's happening and he engages mr.cunningham in conversation and talks about school and his son Walter. “ I go to school with Walter, He’s your boy isn't he” (174). In fact, scout's innocence is what stopped the evolving …show more content…

She begins to learn the good and bad of people, she starts to learn how there is a lot of racism in the town and the way the case is bringing the worst out of people. Towards the end of the book, Scout finally sees through boos eyes and says, “what reasonable recluse wants children peeping through his shutters delivering greetings on the end of a fishing pole, wandering in his collards at night” (277). Scout said that once the Radley place uses to scare her but now it's not a big deal to her. She can easily walk past it or even look at it because there are bigger issues to her then the Radley place. She realizes that who would want children to look in boos window and invade their privacy. Scout is maturing by thinking of those things, she also says that boo would not want to come out because of the bigger problems in the town. She is thinking of others and is having well depth thoughts about the things that are now childish too her. She began to bring up everything from the past and now everything seems to add up. The last example in which shows scout has matured is when she walks boo home. “She would see Arthur Radley escorting me down the sidewalk, as any gentleman would do” (320). Scout knows that Stephanie Crawford would gossip around so she makes sure that boo is holding her hand home, to prove he is a gentleman. Scout also referred to

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