What is Scout like in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Scout, as the first person narrator of this text, is the person that we come to know best in the novel and gives it its unique charm. She is a character who is shown to be very intelligent, as her advanced abilities for her age in reading and writing amply demonstrate. She is also a very self-assured and confident young girl, as her ability to fight boys with equanimity displays. She demonstrates an ability to think critically and profoundly about things that children her age would normally not be interested in, such as the nature of mankind and how it is both good and evil. Lastly, she is presented as being a young girl who always tries to act with the best intentions. As a result of all of these characteristics, she is presented as being something of a tomboy in the Southern town of Maycomb where tradition and culture are shown to be all important.



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