In the at the beginning of the book to Kill a Mocking Bird what does Scout do that shows she is still a kid and has not come of age yet ?
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While Scout is narrating the novel To Kill a Mockingbird from the first person point of view of an almost six year old; it's important to remember that there are times we hear the voice of the adult Scout.
Some things she does that demonstrate she is still a child are:
1. She has a hard time accepting any responsibility for her own actions in situations. Everything that happens to her is someone else's fault. She believes Calpurnia was to blame for teaching her how to write in cursive--which gets her in trouble with her teacher on the first day of school. Miss Caroline says to Scout, " 'We don't write in in the first grade, we print. You won't learn to write until you're in the third grade.' Calpurnia was to blame for this. It kept me from driving her crazy on rainy days, I guess," (18).
She also blames Walter Cunningham, Jr. for getting her in trouble with Miss Caroline when the class looked to her to explain why Walter wouldn't take Miss Caroline's quarter for lunch. She knows why, but she isn't able to explain it. So she tackles Walter on the way home for lunch. "Catching Walter Cunningham in the schoolyard gave me some pleasure, but when I was rubbing his nose in the dirt Jem came by and told me to stop," (22).
Which brings us to another point proving Scout has yet to come of age. She thinks nothing of getting into physical fights, as mentioned above. In addition, she fights Cecil Jacobs, even after promising Atticus she wouldn't. "Cecil Jacobs made me forget. He had announced in the schoolyard the day before that Scout Finch's daddy defended n-words," (74). At Christmas Scout's male cousin Francis basically proclaims that Atticus has become the disgrace of the family for defending Tom Robinson, Scout of course hauls off and let's her antagonistic cousin have it.
2. We also know that she has yet to come of age because she never questions Jem's answers. She may ridicule and tease him like most siblings, but she believes pretty much everything he says. For example, in chapter 2, at morning recess Scout is complaining about Miss Caroline, he tells her not to worry about Miss Caroline because she's teaching by a new method called the "Dewey Decimal system", which of course we know is incorrect, but she doesn't even question him.
3. Further proof of her childlike behaviors is that she is easily spooked and believes in all of the superstitions regarding Boo Radley. She has yet to realize that "The monster under the bed" is not what should worry us, it's the actual people we know who can cause us harm.
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