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

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Scout matures throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird and becomes a morally upright individual like her father, Atticus. At the beginning of the novel, Scout is a hot-headed, naive little girl who lacks perspective on the world around her. Her quick temper is continually getting her into trouble, and she struggles to view situations from other people's perspective. Scout fears her neighbor, Boo Radley, and is unaware of the meaning of several explicit terms that she hears from Maycomb's community members. As the novel progresses, Atticus teaches his daughter numerous life lessons dealing with topics such as perspective, courage, tolerance, respect, and integrity. Scout takes heed to her father's lessons and develops into a morally upright individual. Several significant events shape Scout's perspective which includes Tom Robinson's trial and Bob Ewell's attack. After Scout loses her childhood innocence, she is not jaded about the world around her and is tolerant of Maycomb's prejudiced community members. She realizes that Boo Radley is a compassionate, shy person, and learns the importance of treating innocent humans with decency and respect.

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