To Kill a Mockingbird Questions and Answers
by Harper Lee

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How does Scout mature throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird?  

Scout matures throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by gaining a greater understanding of the adult world. When the story opens, Scout is rather naive, unaware of the realities of life in Maycomb such as racism and the marginalization of those like Boo Radley, deemed not to belong. Due to her experiences, however, Scout begins to understand more about the world around her and becomes more mature as a consequence.

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Scout matures throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by truly coming to understand what it means to walk in another person’s shoes, something that she fully grasps as the novel unfolds. Scout has many people telling her how to behave. She has the neighbors, who scoff at Scout’s tomboyish ways and tell her to be more ladylike. She has her teacher, who tells her that she should not have learned to read at home. She even has Jem, who tells her that she is acting too much like a girl when she does not want to enter the Radley property with him. He also sometimes tells her she should act more like a girl so that the other adults stop pestering her about it.

Of all the adults who instruct and sometimes lecture Scout, Atticus and Calpurnia are the two who probably have the biggest impact on her. In their own ways, they each teach her to try to understand others and behave in a responsible and kind manner to them. Atticus does this by telling them to walk in another person’s shoes and by...

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