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What are character traits for Scout, Jem, and Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee?

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jenniferhays | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted September 22, 2012 at 8:12 PM (Answer #1)

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At the beginning of the novel, Scout is a very young girl who simply mirrors her society’s views.  She uses racial derogatory terms, because it reflects that attitudes of many in her town.  As the novel progresses, she begins to question the trial, the town’s views, and what is right and wrong.  At the end of the novel, she is finally able to see the world through other people’s eyes.  In other words, she sees things from their perspective.  In the novel, Jem progress from a boy who challenges authority, to one who becomes very angry and disillusioned by his town.  The novel concludes with Jem viewing her father with new eyes.  At the beginning of the novel, Atticus leads a peaceful life, living in harmony with the people in the town.  However, in the middle of the novel, after he accepts Tom’s case, he finds himself at odds with the town.  As the novel concludes, Atticus accepts Tom’s fate, and understands his town’s limitations. 

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