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There are a lot of examples of Scout's stubbornness. One of the most pivotal moments in the novel is in Chapter 15 when Atticus is guarding the jailhouse. In fact, Jem is equally stubborn. Atticus tells them to go home, and Jem is defiant. Some of the men of Maycomb went to the jail to rough up, scare or kill Tom Robinson. Following Jem's defiance, one of these men gets physical with Jem and this is when Scout really steps in and her stubborn tendencies diffuse, rather than exacerbate, a tense situation.
It is particularly when Scout singles out Mr. Cunningham that the situation gets resolved. She turns Mr. Cunningham from a mindless member of the mob to one who stops and thinks for himself. Mr. Cunningham then persuades the mob to clear out. Scout is essentially attempting a filibuster. She says,
“Well, Atticus, I was just sayin' to Mr. Cunningham that entailments are bad an’ all that, but you said not to worry, it takes a long time sometimes… that you all’d ride it out together…” I was slowly drying up, wondering what idiocy I had committed. Entailments seemed all right enough for livingroom talk" (82).
Had Scout not been stubborn and defiant, it is possible that the confrontation at the jailhouse would have become violent.
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