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How Scout Develops From A Tomboy To A Young Lady In To Kill A Mockingbird

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How Scout Develops from a Tomboy to a Young Lady in To Kill a Mockingbird

Scout is an intelligent, perceptive child and her observations often contain a sensitive awareness to the situation. This might be because she is only six years old or it may be because she is a born lady. In every part of the novel one would see Scout's perspective on the world. As each situation matures and becomes more serious, Scout becomes one step closer to womanhood and maturity. As a child, Scouts appearance seems rough and because of this some people tried to change her, such has Aunt Alexandra and the Missionary Ladies but as the book quotes itself Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up peoples gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird. (Lee, 90) It is also a sin to try and change a tomboy into something she is not. Scout's experiences during the course of the novel, directly contribute to her growth of a young lady.

Scout is six years old when the novel begins; she lives with her father, Atticus and brother, Jem. In her house the only woman role modal that she can look up to is Calpurnia, the Negro cook and housekeeper who has helped Atticus raise Scout and Jem. Scout grew up with fishing, playing football and many other "not so ladylike" outdoor activities. She did not grow up with the proper values as she would if her mother was alive, who died when Scout was very little. Scout's biggest influence in her life is her brother, Jem. The main reason being that is because he is a conscientious older brother and tries to protect her from the truths about the world that he thinks she is too young to deal with. As scout sees this, she gains a great respect towards her brother. When Scout misses her cue for the Halloween pageant she says that Jem was becoming almost as good as Atticus at making you feel right when things went wrong (Lee, 259). Since Jem enjoys doing "manly" things, Scout does them as well for she does not know any better and she wants to gain Jem's respect for her. As time goes by, Jem starts to mature himself, from an irresponsible boy to a sensitive, gentlemen, Mister Jem; he is always Scout's adored older brother. As Scout gets older, her Aunt Alexandra decides to try and get Scout to act more like the Jean Louise that she wants her be. The only time that Aunt Alexandra was around for a long period of time was during the trial when she came to live with the Finches when Atticus was the lawyer for Tom. Even though she disagrees with her brother, Atticus, with his way of raising his children, especially Scout, who should be taught to be a lady believes that in time, she will "come around"

As Scout gets a little older, she soon realizes that she will have to start acting like a lady. She begins to understand why Aunt Alexandra wants her to act the way that she does. She comes to understand her Aunt and...

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