How does Scout change during the course of the novel To Kill A Mockingbird?

By the end of To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout has matured considerably. Following the conclusion of Tom Robinson's trial, Scout is able to identify and condemn prejudice, and she is also able to understand the importance of empathy.

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At the start of the novel, Scout is a young, clever, and well-meaning young girl with a mind of her own. She is loyal, outspoken, and opinionated, and she is not scared of a fistfight when she needs to make a point. Thanks to her father's encouragement of such pastimes as reading, Scout is somewhat more mature than her peers, but in other ways, she is impulsive and emotional, which is typical of her youth. Other adults in her life, like Calpurnia and Aunt Alexandra, would prefer that Scout be more ladylike and reserved in her manner; Aunt Alexandra especially encourages both Scout and Atticus to cultivate a more traditionally demure attitude in the young girl. Despite these expectations, Scout tends to make her own decisions, learning, sometimes the hard way, that the world around is changing rapidly and she must change with it.

As the novel progresses, Scout learns more about people, both their dark sides and their potential for good. Through her conversations with Atticus, Jem , Dill, and...

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