Scout Changes In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“Look like a girl, act like a lady.” (Unknown). The book, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, takes place in Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression. 8-year-old, Jean Louise Finch, who’s nickname is Scout, her brother Jem Finch, and their friend Dill Harrison try and see their mysterious neighbor Boo Radley in person. During this time, Atticus, Jem and Scouts dad, defends a black man accused of raping a white girl. Throughout the book, Scout changes into a lady. There are several reasons why Scout changes into a lady. In the beginning of the book, Scout isn’t a lady. One example is when she beats up her classmate. Before lunch, the new teacher, Ms. Caroline notices that Walter, one of her students, doesn’t have lunch. Ms. Caroline offers …show more content…

Scout visits the family homestead, Finch’s landing, during Christmas break. Her cousin, Francis, and Scout talk about Dill leaving in the summer. Scout doesn’t understand that Dill doesn't have a home. Francis then explains to Scout that Dill doesn't have a home and he goes to Miss Rachel's house every summer. Scout argues that Dill has a home in the Meridian, Miss Rachel’s house. Francis then explains that Miss Rachel keeps him every summer to stay. Later, Francis calls Scout mighty dumb. As a result, Scout gets really mad. Francis then tells Scout that he wouldn’t blame her because her dad, Atticus, is a nigger-lover. Francis walks to the backyard. Scout then joins him in the backyard. Francis purposely taunts Scout numerous times saying Nigger-lover. Scout then loses her control and punches him, resulting her to, “split my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth.”(pg.112) When Scout punches Francis, this does not show that Scout is a lady. A lady wouldn’t punch someone just because they are having an issue. Instead, they would talk out there issue and go on. Instead of Scout talking with Francis about their problem, she punches him. A lady does not punch other people because they are mad at the person. Ladies talk things out and solve their problems, not punching another person. A lady models civility. A lady is well-mannered. Ladies do not go out of control and lose their temper. Scout is not a lady …show more content…

One example is how she treats Boo Radley. Scout and Jem head home from their pageant in their school. In order to get home, they have to walk past Boo Radley’s house. Scout and Jem get attacked by Bob Ewell and Boo Radley helps them. Boo Radley helps Jem get home because he is knocked out and he breaks his arm. Atticus calls a doctor to check on Jem and Scout. While Atticus calls the doctor, Aunt Alexandra calls a sheriff to investigate who attacked Jem and Scout. The Sheriff says that Bob Ewell’s dead. While being interviewed, Scout notices that Boo Radley is in the corner of the room. Scout tells Boo Radley that since he doesn’t really know the house, she should show him around. Scout invites him to the porch. Scout inevitably asks Mr. Arthur, “Won’t you have a seat, Mr. Arthur? This rocking chair’s nice and comfortable.”(pg.364) Scout invites him to sit on a comfy chair away from the bright lights. Scout is now aware of his conditions because he’s been inside his house for years. Scout realizes that Boo has never left his house and doesn’t want to be outside. which makes her more like a lady. Scout has learned that all the gifts they found from the tree was from Boo Radley and she should be thankful for him. If Scout wasn’t a lady, she wouldn’t think about Boo’s light condition. Scout now thinks about other people. Ladies are thoughtful and are kind to others. Ladies don’t leave other people. Ladies are

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