How does Scout mature in the story?Please give mutiple examples(Boo Radley, Atticus).

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lsumner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Scout has to grow up quickly. When others call her father a nigger-lover, she becomes angry. When she discusses it with her father, he tells her to ignore it. Scout is used to punching someone with her fist for such name calling. She learns the harsh reality that all men are not treated equally in Maycomb.

Scout can read because her father has always read to her. This is an area of her maturity.

Scout learns to be a lady from Aunt Alexandra. She forces her to wear dresses and act lady-like.

Scout has to grow up when playing with her brother. Since he is four years older than she is, she learns so much from her older brother.

Scout learns that Boo Radley is really a caring person, even though others think he is strange, When Boo repairs or sews Jem's torn pants that he left on Boo's fence, she learns that he is caring. Also, when Boo saves Jem's life and her life, she realizes that Boo is more normal than people realize.

When Tom Robinson is not aquitted because he is black, Scout realizes that life is not fair. She learns the harsh reality that people are judged by their skin color. Scout learns that everything does not always turn out the way it should. She learns that her father can't fix everything in the trial. She is forced to mature.

hilahmarca eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In addition to those examples, Scout also shows her maturity by showing a greater depth of understanding about other townspeople. After going to church with Calpunira, Scout realizes that Calpurnia has a life outside of just taking care of the Finch family. Also, after listening to Mayella Ewell's testimony in the Tom Robinson trial, Scout's insight is that Mayella must be a very lonely person.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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