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In To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout would love to change the mind of which character?

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saedgerton | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 18, 2012 at 12:49 AM via web

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In To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout would love to change the mind of which character?

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

Posted November 28, 2012 at 12:40 AM (Answer #1)

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Scout probably wants to change Boo Radley’s mind the most.  All of the children want to get Boo to come out.  This becomes more and more urgent as they get older and begin to feel badly for him.  Even while tempers and emotions run high in the racially charged landscape of Maycomb, the one constant throughout the story is that Scout wants to get Boo to come out.

If Scout could communicate with Boo, she would try to convince him that she is his friend and he has nothing to fear from her.  She could use the presents he left in the tree and the blanket he placed on her shoulders as examples. 

Scout feels sorry for Boo.  Dill shares this concern.  In some ways, Dill and Boo are kindred spirits.

"Why do you reckon Boo Radley's never run off?"

Dill sighed a long sigh and turned away from me.

"Maybe he doesn't have anywhere to run off to...." (ch 14)

At the end of the book, Scout does get to meet Boo Radley.  She finds that he is gentle and kind, just as she imagined.   When she stands on his porch, she really does see things from his perspective.

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