Commentary writing on To Kill a Mocking Bird

        In the book “To Kill a Mocking Bird”, the author depicts Scout as a brave, innocent, boyish and yet intelligent young girl. These characteristics of little Scout is demonstrated through her various speeches, her actions and her thoughts throughout the story. As a narrator of the whole novel, Scout reflects on every single happening in her life and shares her own opinions about the people and events around her with the readers. It is from these reflections and opinions of Scout, that the readers are able to conclude of Scout’s true nature and personality.

        There are many examples shown in the book, where Scout is displayed as a young brave girl, compared to all the other kids at her age. One example is the scene where Scout bravely speaks up to the teacher to help the poor boy in her class who did not bring lunch with him. “I turned around and saw most of the town people and the entire bus delegation looking at me. Miss Caroline and I had conferred twice already, and they were looking at me in the innocent assurance that familiarity breeds understanding.” Nobody in the classroom was brave enough to tell the teacher about Walt Cunningham’s background, except Scout, to whom they all automatically glanced at for help. From this scene, it is clearly seen that Scout not only leaves a brave personality and impression in the minds of her fellows, but also actually acts bravely towards the teacher and states who Walt is. “He is a Cunningham Miss Caroline.” She says, and further explains how he is not as economically advantaged as the other kids in the classroom. Though bravery usually indicates overwhelming physical ability and strength, and the power to take physical risks, in the context of this book, Scout is considered to be brave because she has great mental and intellectual bravery to confront and to solve problems she is faced with.

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        Scout as a nine year old little girl has difficulties understanding the complex adult world. She constantly feels confused and does not understand many of the things that happens around her. For example, she could not make sense of Atticus trying to protect a black man, that everyone in Scout’s school made fun of her about. “Scout,” Atticus says. “You aren’t old enough to understand some things yet, but there’s been some high talk around town to the effect that I shouldn’t be defending this man.” “If you shouldn’t be defending him, then why are you doin’ it?” Scout inquires. ...

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