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Why does Scout's attitude change in chapter 26 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Posted May 24, 2013 at 1:20 AM via iOS

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Why does Scout's attitude change in chapter 26 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 24, 2013 at 2:44 AM (Answer #1)

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Scout is no longer afraid of the Radley house and Boo Radley.  Instead, she pities him.

Chapter 26 marks an important change in Scout's attitude.

After the trial, life goes on.  Things are slightly different though.  Jem does not have the same schedule as Scout anymore, and even tried out for the football team (where he carries the water).  Scout does not seem to be bothered by Boo Radley, or interested in getting him to come out.

The Radley Place had ceased to terrify me, but it was no less gloomy, no less chilly under its great oaks, and no less uninviting. Mr. Nathan Radley could still be seen on a clear day, walking to and from town… (ch 26)

Scout has matured, and is now more knowledgeable of the world.  She is also more sympathetic.  When she does finally meet Boo Radley, she understands that he is a shy man with a quiet dignity, and she reaches out to him.  When she stands on his porch, she sees the events of her childhood from his perspective.  More than anything else, this demonstrates that she has grown up.  The change in Scout is evident from the beginning of chapter 26 on.


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