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What does Scout learn during the course of the novel? During the three years that the novel takes place Scout, the narrator steps back into the skin of the young Jean Louis Finch. The novel is about the education of her mind, her feelings, her morality and her maturity. This happens largely through the enlightenment of her father's attitudes towards life and the warmth that he gives her and also through her observation of the situations going on around her and from the general county as a whole. Scout is lively and impulsive, she jumps to conclusions and is generally more emotional than the male members in her family. She is unladylike and is undisciplined always ready to get into a fight. "Scout'd just as soon jump on someone as look at him if her pride's at stake." Chapter 9 Scout learns not to fight with her fists as Atticus keeps reminding her and that she shouldn't give in. "Try fighting with you head for a change it's a good one even if it does resist learning" Although she is intelligent and a quick thinker, as Atticus says, she does not use her head because she lets her emotions get involved. ...read more.


Chapter 12 This is also seen as she comes to appreciate Calpurnia's character and realises that she has a life apart from the Finches. Calpurnia teaches her about being polite to her guests this is shown in the incidence when Walter Cunningham is invited over for lunch. As for Jem, the process of development is often painful for Scout. She suffers, however in ways rather different from his, he is most distressed by the betrayal of principles of justice; she is hurt more by the limitations of her sex and by the fact that her adored brother naturally grows away from her as he passes from childhood to adolescence. She learns a lot about the law through Jems views and actions. She learns to see him in a different way and to respect him, as he grows older. "As Atticus had once advised me to do, I tried to climb into Jem's skin and walk around in it." Chapter 3 She also learns to understand Boo at first she is afraid of Auther Radley and calls him a monster but later in on the novel she is no longer afraid of him and is no longer interested in teasing him. ...read more.


She accepts Mr Gilmer's treatment of him as something to be expected. She learns not to be afraid of things that's he doesn't understand like with the incidence with the snow she woke up and screamed: "The worlds ending; Atticus! Please do something!" She is also scared of Mrs Doubose, when she has her fits but then gets used to them. She also learns what real courage is from Mrs Doubose. Atticus wanted both her and Jem 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 learns to examine the situations around her more closely and to accept people as they are. What Scout says at the end on the novel is a typical example of her childish, over simplification, but it has some truth in it: "As I made my way home I though Jem and I would get grow old but there wasn't much else foe us to learn except possible algebra" chapter 31 page 308. ?? ?? ?? ?? English course work-To Kill A Mockingbird Aarti Patel 1 1 ...read more.

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