How Is Scout Developed In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird Scout develops tremendously as a character throughout To Kill A Mockingbird. The novel begins when she is just a six year old girl with innocent, childish beliefs about the world. Throughout the story, she learns a lot about people and the world around her. A lot of this knowledge comes from her father, Atticus, and experiences involving racial inequality. One of her childish views includes believing that everything and everyone is good. She didn’t realize there were mean people. She probably hadn’t ever heard of racism before. Scout was an innocent child who didn’t understand why people weren’t treated equally. One day, Calpurnia took Jem and Scout to her church, First Purchase. There, Scout began to realize that blacks weren’t equal. They didn’t have hymn books in the black church because they couldn’t afford them and not many blacks were literate, so they couldn’t read them anyway. After experiencing the trial of Tom Robinson, Scout was infuriated. She couldn’t believe that an innocent man…show more content…
What six year old isn’t? She doesn’t think before she speaks, and sometimes, without meaning to, she comes off rude. For example, when Walter Cunningham came over for dinner, he drenched his food in syrup. Scout then rudely asked him, “What in the sam hill are you doing?” Walter was embarrassed and Calpurnia scolded Scout for her actions and made her apologize. This works to her advantage when Jem, Dill, and Scout sneak downtown to find Atticus being attacked by a mob of men including Mr. Cunningham. Against Atticus’s demand, the children will not leave and Scout begins speaking to Mr. Cunningham. She first says that she attends school with his boy, and asks him to tell his boy she said “hey.” Then she starts talking about his legal entailments and explains that they’re bad. Mr. Cunningham feels ashamed of himself and leaves, bringing the mob with him. Atticus was notably proud of his
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