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To kill a mockingbird

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1 How Scout Changes and Develops in To Kill A Mockingbird Scout changes and develops during the course of 'To kill a mockingbird' and one of the main progresses is Scout's growing up and the lessons she learns. There are many things that Scout discovers as she grows up through the novel. Her character and maturity develop during the book. Some of what she gains is quite important. Scout is taught to see things from the other person's point of view. When Atticus advises her in the second chapter that, 'you never really understand a person until you climb into his skin and walk around in it', Scout does not take much notice. Later on in the novel she starts to see things from Boo's perspective because she says, 'I don't think it would be nice to bother him,' when Jem and Dill try to send a letter to Boo. She argues, 'how would we like it if Atticus barged in on us without knocking, when we were in our rooms at night?' ...read more.


She learns this, when Miss Maudie explains to her that she, herself, was a normal Baptist but others like Arthur Radley were 'foot-washing Baptists'. Foot-washers had told Miss Maudie that 'she spent too much time in God's outdoors and not enough time inside the house reading the Bible'. This teaches Scout that the degrees of people's beliefs are different and she must learn to adjust. She is led to understand that it is better to fight with her head and not her fists. She tries to consult the children at school, when they call her dad 'niggerlover' she responds by walking away instead of fighting them physically. These little incidents teach her the meaning of 'a compromise' and help her to enrich her character. Scout grasps an understanding 'to not necessarily tell all you know.' She learns the importance of keeping things to herself and not blurt out everything. She is taught that some things are a secret and they need to be kept quiet. ...read more.


She is not only certain that Tom is innocent of any crime, but also that her father will make sure that he is not found guilty. Originally her conviction that justice will be served only highlights her attitude of dejection when she realises that justice is not always expected. As she is waiting in the courtroom for the verdict, 'the impression that was creeping' into her was like the one she 'had last winter.' She feels the atmosphere in the courtroom is similar to the one she felt in 'a cold February morning when the mockingbirds were still.' The various things Scout learns during the novel, contribute to her change and growing up. Many of her lessons are taught by Atticus, Calpurnia and Miss Maudie. Towards the end of the novel, Scout's character has matured vastly; whereas at first she behaves immaturely towards Aunt Alexandra, at the end she tries to please her by acting in a 'lady-like' manner. She changes and develops by talking to adults and learning how to handle different situations. ?? ?? ?? ?? Amarah Adam ...read more.

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