Scout Essay: Scouting For Maturity

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Scouting for Maturity Coming of age is a difficult time and a struggle for many children. Learning that there are people who have different opinions than what you have changes your life and who you are. Growing up in the 1930’s with racism, prejudice, and the recession would have accentuated this struggle to find your self-identity. Jean Louise “Scout” Finch is a character in the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Scout changed greatly from the beginning of the novel to the end. She changes from an inquisitive, impulsive, impolite tomboy, to a caring, brave, and mindful girl. This evolution was caused by many factors which turned Scout into the person she became. Calpurnia, Miss Maudie, and Aunt Alexandra served as Scout’s female role models throughout the novel. These extraordinary women were highly influential factors in her coming of age. Calpurnia served as a mother, cook, role model, and an African American influence for the Finch family. She also taught Scout how to write, how to serve people and many other useful life skills such as how to treat others. One instance of Calpurnia teaching Scout is when Walter Cunningham came to the Finch home for dinner. While they were eating, Scout asked him why he was “drowning” his dinner in syrup, then Calpurnia called her into the kitchen to correct her. She said,…show more content…
They liked to roll in tires down the road, go to town for ice cream, and act out make-believe plays. This trio had a great number of fun experiences during their first summer together. The second summer that Dill came to Maycomb, things were incredibly different. The boys began to exclude Scout and leave her behind solely because she was a girl. This forced Scout to become more self-reliant. The boys leaving Scout behind was a large factor in the maturation of Scout. They helped her become more independent, responsible and

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