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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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She starts to become aware of others feelings and thoughts. She finds this out by knowing at the end of the novel what a nice man Boo Radley is. She finds out that he was the one who saved Jem's life from Mr Ewell. This shows that she was growing up and becoming more mature. 

 

 

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Well the teacher before me answered spot on. The only mistake she made was when she said that cecil Jacobs came to scout's house, when in fact it was Walter Cunningham.