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Growing Up In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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Growing up is hard, but when you add in nosey neighbors, scary houses, a stuck up aunt, and taunting children, it becomes more difficult. To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel written by Harper Lee that was published in 1960. The story takes place in Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930s. Scout Finch is a six year old narrator. She lives with her father, her brother, and Calpurnia, their black cook. Scout spends her summers playing with her brother, Jem, and her friend, Dill Harrison. Atticus Finch, Scout’s father, is a lawyer and he is defending Tom Robinson, a black man who is accused of raping Mayella Ewell. The story is an account of the next three years of Scout’s life in Maycomb. Throughout the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, it takes a couple years for Scout Finch to grow and mature into an understanding, empathetic, polite, young lady.
Scout starts to understand people’s needs, opinions, and their points of view. In the beginning, Scout does not really think much about other people’s feelings, unless it directly pertains to her. Jem and Dill decided to create a play based on the life of one of their neighbors, Boo Radley. According to neighborhood rumors, Boo got into a lot of trouble as a kid, stabbed his father with scissors, and never comes out of the house. The children create a whole drama and act it out each day. “As the summer progressed, so did our game. We polished and perfected it, added dialogue and plot until we had manufactured a small play among which we rang changes every day” (Lee 52). Scout turned Boo’s life into a joke, something for her entertainment. She did not think about how Boo would feel if he knew what they were doing. Near the end of the book, while Boo was at the Finch house, Scout led him onto the porch and over into the corner that was untouched by light, while thinking, “Boo would feel more comfortable in the dark” (364). During this time, Scout also starts to learn Boo’s body language and she accommodated him however she could. She went from laughing at Boo to making sure he is comfortable.
During the beginning, Scout was only worried about herself. However, when danger starts coming to Atticus, Scout discovers a new, concerned, part of herself. One night, Atticus was guarding the door to Tom’s jail cell. The kids watched from a distance as a group of men came up. The gang of men was trying to get to Tom, when Scout came forward. She recognized Mr. Cunningham and started a conversation with him. Eventually, the crowd disperses and Atticus takes the children home. As Scout is lying in bed, she thinks, “The full meaning of the night’s events hit me and i began crying” (208). Scout understands that the men were going to hurt Atticus if she had not stepped in. She becomes frightened for Atticus and is worried about him. After the trial, Bob Ewell feels Atticus made him look foolish and “told him he’d get him if it took the rest of his life” (290). When Scout and Jem hear the news, they become so worried that Scout...

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