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In chapter 31 of To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee the reader is seeing the maturity of Scout. The climax of the story has been reached and Jem is safe in bed. Boo (Arthur) Radley asks Scout to walk him home. She asks him to step down and raise his arm. Boo has to stoop down for Scout to reach him, but she puts her arm inside the crook of his arm and they walk to the Radley house in a genteel manner. This is just one indication as to how much Scout has matured over the summer. She no longer makes fun of Boo, she now walks hand in hand with him until they arrive at his door. When they arrive Scout tells the reader that Boo opened the door went in and she never saw him again.
The maturational motif is evident again when Scout says that “there wasn’t much else left for us to learn, except possibly algebra.” Scout has matured and has learned to stand in others' shoes. The repetition of a statement by Atticus is important here: “you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes.”
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