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In To Kill A Mockingbird, why is Scout so looking forward to starting school?

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drea101 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 15, 2007 at 5:33 AM via web

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In To Kill A Mockingbird, why is Scout so looking forward to starting school?

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 27, 2014 at 6:39 PM (Answer #5)

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Scout, whose real name is Jean Louise Finch, is the young daughter of Atticus in To Kill A Mockingbird. She is the adult narrator, recalling events from her childhood and recalling what an opinionated little girl she was who would prefer to settle her disputes using her fists, much to her father;s dismay. Atticus tries to instill respect and tolerance in his children, encouraging them to never judge someone until "you climb into his skin and walk around in it." Atticus has also taught Scout to read, and, she is initially excited to go to school and no longer to have to watch the school children from her tree house. Now she can accompany her brother, Jem.  

However, school is a huge disappointment and, in fact, an embarrassment, for Scout who, in an attempt to help Walter Cunningham. tells her teacher, Miss Caroline, that she should not offer to loan Walter money to buy lunch because he will refuse to take it and cannot accept her offer as he is too poor to pay her back. Scout gets into trouble with her teacher over Walter and is even smacked with a ruler, ruining her first day. Her problems are intensified because  Miss Caroline has discovered that Scout has already learned to read, a fact which, rather than impressing the teacher, causes her to suggest that Atticus has taught Scout incorrectly and that everything will have to be re-learnt:

she said you taught me all wrong, so we can’t ever read anymore, ever." 

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted February 15, 2007 at 5:46 AM (Answer #1)

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Scout loves learning and wants to go to school to show off her skills in reading and to learn more.

She is shamed by her teacher who doesn't like the fact that Scout already knows how to read, and who tells her that Atticus has no business teaching people.

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child1234 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 11, 2007 at 9:58 PM (Answer #2)

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when dill went away after the summer she was miserable and lonley ,then she remembered school was starting and looked forward to it!!

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 16, 2007 at 2:02 AM (Answer #3)

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Scout loves to improve her mind, and she has always been ahead of others in terms of academics, due largely to her fathers tutoring. Scout has a proactive nature, and knows that knowledge is important. Her father is a learned man-and Scout wishes to be like him, in the end.

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etotheeyepi | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 15, 2012 at 5:12 PM (Answer #4)

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