While Scout stands up for herself, having no idea how Aunt Alexandra will react. Scout is showing courage when she does not care what others think. For example when she was at school and Cecil Jacobs says Atticus “defends niggers” Scout is quick to defend. She yells, “You take can just take that back, boy”(Lee 99). Though she is wrong, Scout must think to herself she is to be the one to stand up for her father.
So, if Scout is concerned about wearing a dress, Atticus will not bother about it because it is up to her whether she wants to wear a dress or not. Uncle Jack also asks Scout whether she wanted “to grow up to be a lady”. Scout replied, “Not particularly”. “Not particularly” shows that Scout doesn’t want to be a lady, although Atticus doesn’t fret about the situation. He wants Scout to grow up in freedom of what she wants to be.
Scout’s father Atticus invites Walter to dinner at the Finch house, and there Scout pulls another disrespectful move on Walter where she explains that he has “ruined” his dinner by pouring all the molasses all over his plate. Calpurnia, Scout’s cook, then calls Scout to the kitchen and says to apologize to Walter and is asked to eat in the kitchen instead of the dinner table as her
Scout is an exceptional smart girl who gets into many fights when she is younger for not the best reasons. Scout follows Jem around throughout the whole story, but when they get older, so do their bonds as friends. Scout gets through the tough times with the help of her dad Atticus, Atticus gives Scout advice that helps her get through life better by understanding their feelings, or emotions (Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird). Scout also does not act right, according to Maycomb she is supposed to wear dresses, hang around at the house, not fight or play with boys, which affects her childhood in a number of bad ways. Throughout the book Scout goes from a little girl to a young woman with help from different life experiences.
The main character Scout Finch is influenced by her family members; Her father Atticus Finch, influences her young mind on how she views African Americans, and how to always speak the truth. Her brother, Jem Finch, influences Scout’s behavior of her interest in Boo Radley. Aunt Alexandra influences how Scout dresses and views societal views. All of these family members plays a key role in influencing how Scout views things while she is maturing during the book. Also her Aunt Alexandra influences her on how to portray herself in society.
Scout says, “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 129). While Scout is saying this, she is talking to a group of men who are trying to kill Tom Robinson. This shows that even though this almost death scene is right in front of her, she doesn’t know what is happening is just trying to calm down the mood of everyone, and return the human to people but later realizes, when she is older, that she
Atticus is telling scout that she cannot truly judge someone's actions until she sees things from their side. This is something that Scout only understands near the end of the novel, when she sits on Arthur Radley’s front porch and tries to see what he see when he sits there, and she imagines how Boo see the events in the novel and in doing so began to understand him.
Jem and Scout couldn’t see, however they could hear shuffling behind them and knew something suspicious was about to happen. Based on Scout’s narration, she was more frightened than she seemed. “I said it more to convince myself than Jem, for sure enough, as we began walking, I heard what he was talking about. It was not my costume.” (Harper Lee 349). When in the moment, Scout held her breath, acted calm, and suggested it was only Cecil attempting to scare them once again..
Scout knows it would not be smart to just run away, so she goes up to Miss Caroline and supports her. Back in paragraph 7, it talks about how Atticus being the deadliest shot in Maycomb county changed Scout’s opinions toward Atticus. Scout would now respect Atticus more and not be so naive as to doubt Atticus’s skills. This also shows how kind Scout is, because Atticus still only does office work, which the entire town judges him for, and Scout still loves him for what he does and why he does it. Paragraph 8 goes back to Miss Caroline and how Scout could read, which Miss Caroline disapproved of.