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Harper Lee's Novel, "To Kill A Mockingbird".

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The description of Scout in Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is seen from the development of a child's eyes; the many experiences and lessons learned are carried through her adulthood. Scout Finch is a young girl who lives with her older brother, Jem, and her father, Atticus. Being a kid, Scout has the simple tasks of a child, to have fun and to stay out of trouble. However, along the way, she learns many important things. Scout learns numerous lessons on the evil of discrimination present in her town of Maycomb, the true nature of courage, and on the dangers of judging others before. Even though the majority of her hometown is prejudiced, Scout's innocent mind remains non-prejudice and kind to others. To her, everything is similar, thus should be treated equal. In her adult world, Scout learns to treat all people reasonably with respect.One of the most important role models in Scout's life is her father. While Atticus is a single father, he is still able to educate his children right from wrong. Atticus illustrates his feelings by showing the maximum respect for everybody in Maycomb, despite of their color or class. Atticus shows Jem and Scout that a true person is one who stands up for what he or she believes in, and all human beings, despite their race, deserve respect. Atticus not only shows his non-prejudice ways through defending Tom Robinson, he also shows it through his everyday dealings with Calpurnia, the cook. He refuses to fire Calpurnia despite Aunt Alexander's wishes, which shows the high value he puts on Calpurnia. As a result, Atticus hopes to show Scout and Jem that he treats Calpurnia as an equal, even though she is black. The trial is a main learning experience for Scout because her father is asked by the county to defend a black man, which causes most of the town to be against him. His serious defense for Tom Robinson, the black man accused of raping a white woman, proves his high morals. Throughout Tom Robinson's trial, Jem and Scout keep their idea about his innocence. They saw him for who he was, and not for the color of his skin. Scout becomes real angry because people are turning against her family. Scout learns to deal with these "trashy people" because Atticus explains to her that what they say should not mean anything. Atticus says, "Scout,' said Atticus, 'nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don't mean anything--like snot-nose. It's hard to explain-ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody's favoring Negroes over and above themselves. It's slipped into usage with some people like ourselves, when they want a common, ugly term to label somebody..." "I'm hard put, sometimes-baby, it's never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn't hurt you..." (108). In this quote,...

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