How does Scout change during the Tom Robinson case in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Scout matures during the trial of Tom Robinson as she learns about violence and the dark side of humanity, as well as the complexity of human relationships and race relations in her community. She is still a child at the end of the novel, but she is a child with a deeper understanding of violence than most children her age. Though Scout may not have the sophisticated language to discuss her new knowledge, she does have more emotional intelligence, which makes her a dynamic character in the truest sense of the word.

At the start of the novel, Scout is getting into fights, hurting others physically, and recklessly acting on impulse before thinking through situations. Thanks to clear and respectful conversations with Atticus, who exposes Scout to the challenges of their experience in Maycomb rather than protecting her too much from suffering, Scout learns that her own tendency to violence isn't right. Physical violence in any form isn't acceptable, and when she and Jem are attacked by Bob...

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