How do other characters view Scout in the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

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Scout’s father, Atticus, shows affection and understanding toward his daughter throughout the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”. He is all too familiar with her quick temper and propensity to cause trouble, but Atticus is patient with his daughter and tries his best to explain complicated issues easily to her. Scout’s aunt, Alexandra, views her with contempt based on her tomboyish nature, which contrasts with Maycomb County’s stereotypical girl behavior. Scout says, “Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches.” Scout’s older brother, Jem, views her as inferior because she four years younger, and is a female. Jem plays the role of caretaker and goes through phases of hanging out with Scout. Calpurnia, the Finch’s housekeeper, views Scout as an immature, naïve little girl. Calpurnia plays the role of mother toward Scout and takes care of her throughout the novel. Dill views Scout as a friend with a fun imagination. Uncle Jack treats Scout with respect and views her as a loving child. Bob Ewell views Scout as the little girl whose father embarrassed him and tried to ruin his life.

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