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mel0755 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted December 30, 2012 at 11:46 PM via web

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How does Harper Lee show Scout's maturity as the novel To Kill a Mockingbird comes to a close?

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lhc | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted December 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM (Answer #1)

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Perhaps the most poignant examples of Scout's maturing occurs at the end of the novel, when she maintains her composure at Aunt Alexandra's tea party after Atticus reports that Tom Robinson is dead.  She observes that if her aunt, who was clearly upset, could maintain her dignity "at a tiime like this" then she would as well.  Finally, at the novel's very end, Scout walks Boo Radley home after he saves her and Jem from Bob Ewell's savage attack; however, showing a true understanding of human dignity, Scout tucks her arm into Boo's as if he were escorting her home, refusing to lead him as if he were a child--even though of the two of them, Arthur definitely had more childlike qualities after years of virtual house arrest.  Standing on the Radley porch, Scout replays the scenes of her youth in her mind, seeing them as Arthur/Boo might have seen them, bringing the novel to a full circle closing. 

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