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What are some quotations that reflect Scout's personal journey in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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wanderista | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted May 11, 2013 at 2:27 AM via web

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What are some quotations that reflect Scout's personal journey in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 11, 2013 at 5:38 AM (Answer #1)

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One of the most important quotations that demonstrates Scout's personal journey and the development of her character from start to finish comes in Chapter 31, which is of course the final chapter after Boo Radley has saved the children from Bob Ewell's attack. After returning Boo to his house, the next day she takes some advice from Atticus literally and stands in the shoes of Boo Radley, trying to imagine the last few months from his perspective, seeing herself and Jem through his eyes. She comes up with the following conclusion:

Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.

Scout's journey then is demonstrated through the way that she is able to understand Boo Radley's personal world and his viewpoint, moving beyond her own stereotypical assumptions and the way that initially she and Jem demonised him and thought he was the bugbear of the town. This quote demonstrates Scout's ability to move beyond her own perspective and to recognise that every character has their own story, and their own viewpoint. It is only when you "stand in his shoes" that you can truly understand the viewpoint of others. Scout demonstrates her ability to do just that at the end of the story.

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