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How is Scout made interesting as a character and a narrator in "To Kill a...

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njtaiwo | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 29, 2008 at 8:56 PM via web

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How is Scout made interesting as a character and a narrator in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

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kayaker | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 29, 2008 at 10:14 PM (Answer #1)

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Scout tells the story from the perspective of an adult looking back on the events as she remembers them. Her maturity brings a sense of understanding while her character as a child brings innocent conviction.

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teacherscribe | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted November 30, 2008 at 2:31 AM (Answer #2)

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Scout is made interesting bot has a character and narrator because, as the previous editor noted, as a narrator Scout is grown up but reflecting back to a time when she was young.  This offers the reader an interesting view into her character that allows her to become endeared to the readers.

Scout is also interesting because she is so easy to relate to.  She goes through rites of passage - a terrible first day of school, standing up for herself (and her father) by beating her cousin up, learning what it means to be a woman rather than a tomboy, learning to see what really goes on around her and so on.  Since we all go through similar rites of passage, these allow us to connect with Scout.

Another reason Scout is so interesting is her innocence.  Obviously, Scout is not your normal child.  She can read fluently prior to school and has an advanced vocabulary.  However, while she may be advanced, she still suffers from the trappings of a child - she asks her uncle to "pass the damn ham" at Christmas dinner, she wears her jeans under her skirt at her Aunt Alexandra's lady's lunch, she consents to marry Dill and then wonders how they might go about getting themselves some children.

Part of the charm of the novel is watching Scout, the character, mature from a tomboy to the young lady who is narrating the story.

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lacibabyy00 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted February 6, 2009 at 7:05 AM (Answer #3)

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she tells the story like she is an adult but then you find out shes only in first grade. Shes very mature and plays a good character through out the novel.

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