To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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How Does Scout Stop The Mob

How does Scout Finch influence the mob in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Scout manages to nearly singlehandedly turn back the carloads of men who have come to lynch Tom Robinson. Scout is unaware of the lynch mob's true intentions, instead thinking that Atticus "would have a fine surprise" by the children's sudden appearance, but Scout soon sees that the men are not Atticus's friends who had visited him earlier in their front yard. Atticus's

... face killed my joy. A flash of plain fear was going out of his eyes... (Chapter 15)

The mob is bent on murder, and Atticus's life is also in jeopardy since he has no plans to allow them to take his client from his jail cell....

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When Scout sees the mob and notices that Mr. Cunningham is a part of it, she talks to him about his son Walter, who is in her class. She talks in a friendly manner and surprises everyone when she says to Mr. Cunningham that "entailments are bad" and explains that Atticus has helped him to resolve his entailment problems. This positive and friendly attitude of Scout leads to the mob leaving Atticus and Tom alone and going away. None of them had expected a young girl to act so nice and warm when they themselves are showing hatred towards Tom ad Atticus.

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