How would you describe Cecil Jacobs in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Cecil Jacobs is one of Scout's classmates who is the product of his racist upbringing. At the beginning of Chapter 9, Cecil Jacobs yells that Scout's father defends niggers to the entire playground. Although Scout does not fully comprehend the weight of his derogatory comment, she realizes that he is speaking negatively about Atticus which upsets her. That night, Atticus explains to Scout that he is defending an African American named Tom Robinson and challenges his daughter to practice tolerance. The following day on the playground, Cecil Jacobs refuses to take back his comment about Scout's father and says that his parents told him that Atticus was a disgrace. Despite being provoked again, Scout follows her father's advice and walks away. Cecil Jacobs also appears in Chapter 26 when he talks about Hitler during a current events activity. At the end of the novel, Scout and Jem think that Cecil Jacobs is the one following them home from the Maycomb Halloween festival. Overall, Cecil Jacobs is an ignorant, immature child who grew up in a racist environment. 

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Cecil Jacobs is a young boy Scout’s age who is a product of his racist environment.  Cecil shows that racism is a learned behavior when he makes fun of Atticus for defending Tom Robinson in front of Scout.  Scout beats him up, and Cecil spends the rest of the novel avoiding Scout.  After the school play at the end of the novel, Scout and Jem think that it is Cecil Jacobs who is following them home because before the play, he jumped out of the dark and shined a flashlight in their eyes.  On the way home, Scout yells out, “Cecil Jacob is a big wet hen,” right before Scout and Jem are attacked by Bob Ewell. 

Although Cecil Jacobs grew up in the same neighborhood as Scout and Jem, he shows the legacy of racist views in Maycomb.  Even as a young boy, he has learned the values and beliefs of oppression and racism. 

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