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In what way does Scout demonstrate sensivity and compassions in chapters 30 and...

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domdom | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 19, 2007 at 9:24 AM via web

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In what way does Scout demonstrate sensivity and compassions in chapters 30 and 31?Please can you give 2 elements please.

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted November 19, 2007 at 9:51 AM (Answer #1)

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Scout displays sensitivity in both of these chapters because she's matured so much in one night.  This is the night of the school pageant, she and Jem are walking home when they are attacked by Bob Ewell and saved by Boo Radley, though because of her costume, Scout couldn't see who was there and Jem has been knocked unconscious.  Back at Scout's house, the sheriff and Atticus are arguing about how Bob Ewell died.  Atticus thinks that Jem did it to save Scout, but the sheriff insists that Bob Ewell "fell on his knife".  The sheriff doesn't really believe this, but he knows that Boo Radley did it and he knows what how Boo would be hurt by the attention, even if it was good attention.  Finally, Scout steps forward and tells her dad that bringing Boo into the limelight would be "sort of like killin' a mockingbird".  She realizes how sensitive Boo is.

In chapter 31, Scout walks Boo home.  For that brief instance, she becomes the protector and Boo is the protected.  Scout stands on the Radley corner and realizes what life must be like for Boo as she stands "in his shoes" for that moment. 

I can't give you page numbers because pagination varies by publisher and edition of the text, but I've given you partial quotes.  Check out the e-notes link below.

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