Scout Finch Characteristics

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Scout Finch

Jean Louise Finch, known as Scout Finch is the protagonist and narrator of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. At the beginning of the story Scout is nearly a six years old, Scout ends the story at eight years old having learned important values throughout the novel. Scout Finch has shown many apparent characteristics throughout To Kill A Mockingbird. She is curious, intelligent and a tomboy.

Firstly, Scout is intelligent. She’s ahead of the other first graders in her class. She knows how to read and write in cursive while other kids in her class don’t know how to read the alphabet. Scout learned how to read by observing Atticus. She was literate before starting school, Jem states, “Scout yonder’s been readin’ ever since she was born, and she ain’t even started to school yet.” (7). Also, Scout learned about the law from Atticus. She recognized that the
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She’s always joining Jem and Dill on their boyish adventures. She accompanies the two boys while they went to the Radley lot. She also spits on the gate to stop the creaking, after Jem told her to by saying “Sh-h. Spit on it, Scout.” (53), this demonstrates her unladylike qualities. Scout is also seen playing boys games. She plays the game where she rolls in a tire which isn’t a suitable game for a girl; she also plays football and starts fights at school. Additionally, she dresses like a boy. Scout doesn’t like to wear dresses like other girls because she “could do nothing in a dress” (83). Instead she wears pants which is something that boys wore at that time period. Her aunt expresses her disapproval about Scout’s choice of clothes by telling her “I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches.” (83).
Scout is one of the most important characters in To Kill A Mockingbird. She’s smart, inquisitive and a tomboy. Readers learn new things while reading about Scout growing throughout the novel. Her age and innocence shows an unbiased view of Maycomb’s
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