In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, how does Scout change throughout the story?

In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout changes throughout the story by learning to exercise tolerance, empathy, and perspective, growing in her understanding of human nature, and applying lessons Atticus and others teach her to her life and moral behavior. 

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In the parallel plot that runs alongside the Tom Robinson story, Scout develops an irrational prejudice against Boo Radley because he is a recluse and also because Jem and Dill have frightened her with stories of Boo as the bogeyman. Even though Miss Maudie tells Scout about Boo's father, a rigid, mean-spirited religious convert who treated Boo badly and turned him into a recluse, Scout can't shake her prejudice against Boo.

Boo does many kind things for the children that show he is anything but the monster Scout conceives, but she simply can't accept him until the end of the book, when he saves her and Jem from Bob Ewell's attack. Unlike many whites in the town of Maycomb who condemn Tom Robinson as a rapist simply because he is black, Scout is able to transcend her own prejudices and perceive Boo's humanity. This is a moment of growth and change and an important sign of her maturity.

Throughout the book, too, Scout learns that people are complex mixtures of good and evil and that it is...

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