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# [SCOUT FINCH](https://mm.tt/1617638068)
TEXTUAL ISSUES OR CONCERNS LINKEDTO THIS CHARACTER
Atticus was right. One time he said you never really knowa man until you stand in his shoes and walk around inthem. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.(Page 321)
Throughout the whole novel Scout learns a lot which develops her asa character and a person. Growing up is a theme in TKAM because itis centered around 2 children who are growing up as the story goeson.
Influence of Prejuduce
Scout is constantly being told and believing thestories she hears about what Boo Radley is like andwhy he stays inside, away from everyone.
The strong amount of prejudice is incredibly influentialon how Scout is supposed to live in life according tothe older people in her life.
When Scout finally realizes thateveryone lives different lives.
How Scout learns about how everyone has differentbeliefs and understandings. That there is no right wayto living however there is a wrong way.
BIG FOR HER AGE
"You're bigger'n he is." (CHAPTER 3) After cousin Francis had called both Scoutand Atticus a "nigger-lover," Scout "split my knuckle to the bone on hisfront teeth." (CHAPTER 9)
AT THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY SCOUT IS 6 YEARS OLD ANDEVEN THOUGH NOT MUCH IS SAID ABOUT HER PHYSICALAPPEARANCE WE CAN DEDUCE THAT SHE IS BIG FOR HER AGE FORTHE REASON THAT SHE IS LARGER THAN MOST OF THE BOYS IN THESTORY.
WEARS OVERALLS INSTEAD OFDRESSES LIKE A 'PROPER' GIRL
"I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I coulddo nothing in a dress, she said I wasn’t supposed to be doing things thatrequired pants." (CHAPTER 9 &gt; PG. 74) "Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on thesubject of my attire. I could not possible hoope to be a lady if I worebreeches...." (pg 81)
SCOUT IS VERY MUCH A TOMBOY AND DOESNT MIND GETTING DIRTY ANDSPENDING TIME WITH HER 'HERO' BROTHER JEM. IN THE QUOTE SHOWN WE SEETHAT SHE DOESNT SEE A NEED TO WEAR A DRESS LIKE ALL THE OTHER GIRLS INMAYCOMB SHE FEELS THAT WEARING OVERALLS IS A MUCH MORE APPROPRIATEOPTION OF CLOTHING FOR HER LIFE.
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HOW OTHERS SEE HIM OR HER...
"But I never figured out how Atticus knew i waslistening, and it was not until many years later that Irealized he wanted me to hear every word" (Page 96)
Scout is seen as the innocent little girl she is for mostof the novel, but after the court case people tend totreat her like more of a lady.
"Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be alady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn'tsupposed to be doing things that required pants. Aunt Alexandra's vision of mydeportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets, and wearing the Add-A-Pearlnecklace she gave me when I was born; furthermore, I should be a ray of sunshine in myfather's lonely life." (Page 108)
Throughout the novel Scout is always told thatshe needs to be more of a lady by AuntAlexandra.
"Jem told me to hush, which is a sure sign thatDill had been studied and found acceptable."(CH 8)
SCOUT SEEKS TO FOLLOW IN JEMS FOOTSTEPS, SHE ASPIRES TO BE LIKE HIM WHICHMOTIVATES HER TO DO SOME OF THE THINGS SHE DOES. ONE OF THE FIRST THINGSTHE READER NOTICES IN THE BOOK IS THAT WHE JEM MAKES A DECISION ABOUTSOMEONE WORTH BEING FRIENDS WITH SCOUT ACCEPTS HIS DECISION. JEAM ALSOTEACHES HER MANY LESSON ABOUT LIFE WHICH GUIDE HER THROUGHOUT HERDEVELOPMENT.
"You never really understand a person until youconsider things from his point of view... Until you climbinto his skin and walk around in it." (PG 85-87)
SCOUT IS MOTIVATED AND INSPIRED BY HER FATHER ATTICUS. ATTICUS GIVES THIS SIMPLE PIECE OFADVICE TO SCOUT, WHEN SHE HAS A BAD DAY AT SCHOOL. THIS QUOTE BECOMS THE BACKBONE OFTEH NOVEL AND ITS SYMBOLIC SIGNIFICANCE PLAYS KEY ROLES THROUGHOUT THE NOVEL. SCOUTTRIES NOT TO JUDGE OTHERS BECAUSE SHE DOESNT KNOW THEM ESPECIALLY HER NEIGHBOUR BOO.SHE VALUES EVERYTHING THAT ATTICUS HAS TO SAY AND TAKES IT TO HEART AND USES IT TO GUIDEHER IN LIFE.
"The world's ending, Atticus! Please do something" (pg 64)
SCOUT IS VERY NAIVE THROUGHOUT SOME PARTSOF THE NOVEL WHICH PORTRAYS HERINNOCENCE.
"whats rape?" (CH 14)
SCOUT ACTS VERY CHILDLIKE THROUGHOUT MANYPARTS OF THE NOVEL. AN EXAMPLE OF THIS ISWHEN
'"You gonna take that back,boy[Cecil Jacobs]?"
'"You gotta make me first!" .... "My parents say...." I drew a bead onhim, remembered what Atticus had said, then dropped my fists andwalked away, "Scout's a coward!" ringing in my ears.' (PAGES 76-77)
SCOUT IS A VEY COURAGEOUS CHARACTER AND HAS NEVER TURNED DOWN A FIGHT IN HERLIFE HOWEVER IN THIS SITUATION (SHOWN IN THE QUOTE) SHE DECIDES TO THINK ABOUT HERACTIONS AND REMEMBERS ATTICUS SAYING NOT TO LISTEN AND ESPECIALLY NOT TO FIGHTBACK. SO SHE DECIDES NOT TO FIGHT BACK BECAUSE SHE LOVES HER FATHER BUT ALSO TAKETHE BY LETTING PEOPLE CALL HER AND HER FATHER NAMES IN REGARDS TO THE COURT CASE.
BELIEFS &amp; VALUES
"Catching Walter Cunningham in the school yard gave mesome pleasure, but when i was rubbing his nose in the dirt Jemcame by and told me to stop. 'You're bigger'n he is,' he said.(Page 24)
Before Scout learns to hold herself back, shetakes to physical violence to sort out herproblems
"When I committed myself to a policy of cowardice.Word got around that Scout Finch wouldn't fightanymore, her daddy wouldn't let her." (Page 90)
When faced with the rudeness of Mrs Dubose, Scout has to develop in away that shows great courage and strength. By the end of the novel,Scout realizes that courage isn't just sticking up for herself in the schoolyard, but it can also be
She refers to Atticus as 'sir' , she takes his advice on "climbing into a person's skin" anddoesn't beat up Walter Cunningham again. She respects Boo Radley and doesn't want to takepart in the Boo Radley games. When Boo comes to her house in the last part of the book,Scout treats him as she would anyone else. Instead of fearinf Boo, she shows love andkindness towards him~ "You'd like to say good night to Jem wouldn't you Mr Arthur? Comeright in!"
Scout learns throughout the book that respect is reallyimportant especially to those who you don't knowmuch about.
"I think there's just one kind offolks. Folks." (Page 247)
After the trial of Tom Robinson, Scout learns that Maycombisn't the fair and happy place she thought it was. She realizesthat not everyone is treated with the same equality and/orrespect.