I dont understand the importance of Scout's innocence in da quote:    Scout asks “Cal, why do you talk nigger-talk to your folks when you know its not right” (143) Also, how the quote "Do you...

I dont understand the importance of Scout's innocence in da quote:

 

 

Scout asks “Cal, why do you talk nigger-talk to your folks when you know its not right” (143)

Also, how the quote "Do you remember me, Mr. Cunningham. Im Jean Louise Finch. I go to school with Walter, he's your boy ain't he?" (174) resembles scout's innocence.

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lffinj | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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Scout's innocence is important in these two quotes for the following reasons:

1)  Scout is using offensive wording while she is actually saying that using offensive language is not appropriate.  She does not realize this, as the language is commonly used in her community.  Her innocence is shown by the question and the fact that she is asking an African American woman in the south about such language.

2)  Given Atticus' standing in the community, and the fact that Walter has had dinner at the Finch's, it can be presumed that Mr. Cunningham is well aware of who Scout is.  Additionally, Scout asks this very polite, simple question in the midst of a volatile situation.

Scout's approach in dealing with adult topics and situations show her naivete and innocence.

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iamakid | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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Thanks. I did read the story twice. I am going to use the answers in my essay, but in my own words.

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bethm347 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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These quotes are spoken by Scout, a child. Why are these things that a child might say? How do you know? It is helpful to read the whole scene. For example, what is happening between Mr. Cunningham's posse and Atticus when Scout talks to him? What is his response? Consider also what she does not know in these situations compared with the adults.

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