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Scout´S Maturity In Harper Lee´S To Kill A Mockingbird

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One of the most important characters read during this semester was Scout Finch. Compared to other characters in To Kill a Mockingbird who were not of the Finch family, Scout was different. She was mature, for equality, and noble. These are all attributes, none of which could be found in most characters of the book. This is especially significant considering the early age of Scout. With her age with her level of nobility, maturity, and her strong sense of racial equality, Scout is not only years ahead of her age, but also above the rest of Maycomb County.

In the novel, many examples show the maturity of Scout. For example, at the beginning of the novel, Scout was innocent experiencing ...view middle of the document...

All of the racism that occurred to Scout during the novel all created a gradual loss of innocence. By losing innocence, Scout was forced to mature. She did this well during the book. An example of her growing maturity is when she saved Atticus and Tom Robinson at the courthouse. She thought quickly and handled the matter intelligently, which, shows maturity. Maturity was also shown in the way she handled the attack from Bob Ewell. After the attack, Atticus and Sheriff Heck Tate were discussing who killed Bob Ewell. Although Atticus was adamant that Jem had killed Bob Ewell, Heck Tate was insistent that Bob Ewell fell on his knife, even though he knew that in reality, Boo Radley who killed Bob Ewell. After Atticus was forced to understand that Bob Ewell fell on his knife, he talked with Scout about trying to understand what he had been forced to comprehend. This could have been hard for children her age. However, Scout handled the matter very maturely. “Well it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mocking-bird, wouldn’t it,” was her response. This is mature as first of all, she acknowledges the mockingbird like qualities of Boo Radley. Secondly, she comprehends that the death that she saw is now going to be known a different way. Thirdly, Scout remembers what Atticus had said at the beginning of the novel about mockingbirds, I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds, “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.” She also remembered what Miss Maudie had said about mockingbirds while explaining what Atticus had said, "Your father's...

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