To Kill a Mockingbird Questions and Answers
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How does Scout show signs of maturing and growing up in To Kill a Mockingbird?  

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout shows signs of maturing and growing up by appealing to Mr. Cunningham's interests at the jail, recognizing the hypocrisy of Miss Gates, showing concern for Jem and Atticus, accepting that Jem is growing up, and showing respect to and empathizing with Boo Radley.

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One of the most endearing pieces of evidence that stands as a testament to Scout's new maturity is her treatment of Boo Radley. She greatly evolves in this regard from the beginning of the novel to the end.

Consider Scout's assessment of her neighbor in the first chapter:

Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained—if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time.

Early in the novel, Scout considers Boo more monster than human. She, Jem, and Dill spend time inventing stories about him. Their stories are fed when they listen to Miss Stephanie's gossip about how Boo sneaks around peeking in her window at night. They invent games to try to get him to emerge from his house; not once do they stop to consider his humanity.

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