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What are some quotes from Scout Finch that illustrate her character and personality in...

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boundbysuprise | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 22, 2011 at 5:38 PM via web

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What are some quotes from Scout Finch that illustrate her character and personality in To Kill a Mockingbird?

I'm just looking for a quote that really shows what sort of person she is: curious, boyish, lack of understanding, fights a lot, etc. If you can help, that would be greatly appreciated.

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

Posted September 7, 2011 at 6:13 AM (Answer #1)

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SCOUT THE TOMBOY.  After deciding to get even with her cousin Francis for calling Atticus a "nigger-lover,"

... I split my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth. My left impaired, I sailed in with my right.

SCOUT THE LADY.  At the missionary circle tea in Chapter 24, Scout isn't impressed with the manners of many of the supposed ladies in attendance. But when she sees Miss Maudie and Aunt Alexandra recover from learning of Tom's death and go about serving the others, Scout is impressed.

After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I.

SCOUT THE LOVER.  Dill was Scout's first love, and she misses him during the three seasons he spends in Meridian, Mississippi.

... summer was the swiftness with which Dill would reach up and kiss me when Jem was not looking, the longings we sometimes felt for each other.

SCOUT THE PHILOSOPHER.  Scout understood that the jurors had already made up their mind about convicting Tom Robinson before the trial even began.

Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men's hearts, Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed. 

SCOUT THE CLUELESS.  Scout often repeats things she doesn't understand, such as when she calls cousin Francis an "invective" usually meant for women.

"Uncle Jack... what's a whore-lady?"


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