How does Scout develop as a character in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Scout develops significantly throughout the course of To Kill a Mockingbird. When we first meet Scout, she is an innocent six year-old. She sees the world in almost a black-and-white way because she sees things as being either wrong or right. She is also quick to voice her opinion, especially because she wants to seem like an equal to Jem. This sometimes get her into trouble, and she responds physically. She is very quick to get angry. As she matures, with help from her father, Scout learns that some things are better left unsaid. Throughout the novel, she develops from a naive child to a restrained, more mature person.