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A Character Analysis Of Scout In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird

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Scout is one of the central character’s in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout is a girl who slowly changes through the course of the book. Throughout the book, Lee describes the character of Scout as being tomboyish, innocent, and aggressive.
Throughout the book, readers are able to see Scout as being a tomboyish, little girl. For example, Aunt Alexandra does not approve of the way that Scout has been dressing. “Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subjects of my attire… She said I wasn’t suppose to be doing things that required pants” (108). Aunt Alexandra seems to feel that a girl Scout’s age should not be wearing pants and overalls, but she should be wearing a dress. Aunt Alexandra also thinks that Scout should be staying inside doing woman like activities instead of playing outside with her brother and Dill. Someone else who thinks that Scout is tomboyish is Mrs. Dubose. “And you… what are you doing in those overalls? You should be in a dress and camisole young lady” (135). Even though Mrs. Dubose grew up in a different time period, she still thinks that Scout should dress more like a young woman. Mrs. Dubose thought that girls still dressed in dresses and petticoats, but Scout seemed to wear clothes that she could easily play outside in instead of wearing clothes that she couldn’t play in at all. Even though Scout dresses and plays like her older brother, she still is not mature nor does she understand everything as much as Jem did.
Readers can tell that even though Scout tries to understand the more mature situations, she is still just an innocent, girl. For example, Uncle Jack tells Atticus, “But she doesn’t know the meaning of half she says- she asked me what a whore-lady was…” (116). Since Scout is a young girl, she doesn’t quite realize that when she asked her uncle this that it was not very polite. She...

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