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tealehiggins | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM via web

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What are five words to describe Scout Finch, with examples and quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird?

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

Posted March 20, 2012 at 1:52 AM (Answer #2)

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Tomboyish.  Scout's favorite item of clothing is her beloved overalls, and she spends virtually all of her time playing with Jem and Dill. She has no little girlfriends, and the only woman she seems to take to is Miss Maudie, who is herself kind of an adullt tomboy, spending most of the day tending to her garden.

Precocious.  Scout is wise beyond her years, and her experiences during the course of the novel makes her even wiser and more mature than most little girls her age.

Unladylike.  Scout does not like the idea of becoming a lady, in part because she is not impressed with many of the ones she meets. She is particularly disappointed with the women of the Missionary Circle, who spend the afternoon gossiping, making insensitive comments about Maycomb's Negroes, and making fun of her.

... I was more at home in my father's world. There was something about them (men) that I instinctively liked... they weren't--
     "Hypocrites..."  (Chapter 24) 

Hot-tempered.  Scout is quick to use her fists in the early chapters, besting all the boys she fights--Walter Jr. and Cousin Francis--and knowing that she can handle Cecil Jacobs, though she finally decides to walk away from the fight with him. She even takes on an adult in front of the jail when she

... intended to kick his shin, but aimed to high.  (Chapter 15)

Intelligent.  Though Scout is sometimes lost in the adult world of the courtroom, not fully understanding all of the words or testimony that is being given, she is highly intelligent and the brightest student in her class (even if the teachers don't realize it). She is quick to see that the jury has convicted Tom even before their verdict is announced, and she even teaches adults a few lessons during the course of the novel.


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

Posted March 16, 2012 at 10:52 AM (Answer #1)

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Scout Finch is a very intelligent girl we know that because her father taught her in their house. That is one word to describe her.The second one is naughty, both Jem and Scout are both naughty.Third noisy.Fourth is joyful.And Fifth is sad. We notice from the story that they are the only kids in their neighborhood while dill is only visiting when summer time.

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