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Scout's Journey While Growing Up (To Kill A Mockingbird)

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Introduction

*~*Scout's Journey While Growing Up*~* To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee is a novel set in the United States during the 1930's. This novel deals with the hardships of growing up, among other important themes. Scout, the main character in the book, underwent many challenges during her early life that resulted in her maturing at a young age. Scout learned the meaning of racism, courage, and tolerance (comprehension). Some characters that contributed to her development were Atticus, Jem, Aunt Alexandra, Mrs. Dubose, Tom Robinson, Calpurnia, and Boo Radley. Racism was extremely common at that time. It was a social discrimination that made a black person's life unbearable and difficult. Throughout the whole novel, the oppression that was put against all colored people is made clear. In her household, Scout witnessed how Aunt Alexandra treated Calpurnia, their housekeeper who was black, "'Put my bag in the front bedroom, Calpurnia,' was the first thing Aunt Alexandra said...Calpurnia picked up Aunty's heavy suitcase and opened the door." ...read more.

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Somewhere, I had received the impression that Fine Folks were people who did the best they could with the sense they had, but Aunt Alexandra was of the opinion that the longer a family had been squatting on one patch of land the finer it was," Chapter 13, pg. 130. Scout didn't understand why it was so important and she didn't like how her aunt wanted her to be a perfect "lady" so Scout could represent her family well. Scout also learned about tolerance with Arthur Radley, also known as Boo Radley. This is a strange character in the novel because Boo Radley never came out of his house and the children thought of him as a kind of monster. However, he proves to be a hero when he saves Scout and Jem from getting killed by Bob Ewell. From that moment on, Scout realized he was a good human being. ...read more.

Conclusion

Atticus thought this was extremely brave, "I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before, you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what...She was the bravest person I ever knew." Chapter 11, pg. 112. Scout learned that real courage is measured by how you overcome difficult obstacles in your life. Scout learned the meaning of racism, tolerance, and courage during her early life. She matured at a young age. Racism like the one directed against Tom Robinson and Calpurnia helped her realize that it is immoral to judge someone by the color of their skin. Tolerance helped her accept everyone for what they are, and she learned what the real meaning of courage is. Without a doubt, Scout was able to grow up so quickly due to all the positive people in her life that stimulated her as well as all the incidents that helped her create an opinion of her own about society. ...read more.

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