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maria300ma | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted October 2, 2011 at 1:27 PM via web

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What examples does Harper Lee use to show that Scout does not act like a proper, young Southern lady in Chapter 6 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 3, 2011 at 2:13 AM (Answer #1)

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Scout has already displayed her tomboy tendencies in the previous chapters of To Kill a Mockingbird. She plays boys' games, such as football and rolling in a tire; she prefers her overalls to skirts; and she likes to fight. In Chapter 6, she "leaped over the low wall that separated Miss Rachel's yard from our driveway." She relates a humorous but unladylike story about Mr. Avery's yellow "arc of water." She joins Jem and Dill on their trek to the Radley's back porch, crawling under a wire fence in the hope of getting a peek at Boo. She helps Jem hoist Dill up so he can look inside the Radley window. She trips and falls in the Radley collard patch and then "rolled" through the fence on their way to safety. She "crawled under the fence" that led to the Deer Pasture and then climbed her back fence. Finally, she is implicated (albeit falsely) in playing a game of "strip poker" with Dill and Jem.

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