In what ways is Scout a reliable narrator in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Scout's clear-eyed view of life from a child's perspective makes her a reliable narrator in To Kill a Mockingbird. Unlike an adult, she doesn't know enough to try to sugarcoat the racism of Maycomb's whites people. She also has access to perspectives that adult white people do not. Therefore, the feisty and forthright Scout can tell the town's story honestly.

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Scout's status as a child makes her a reliable narrator of the events that unfold in Maycomb in the 1930s. She has a child's eye for detail, a child's literalism, no interest in sugarcoating the truth, and access to information that adult white people do not have.

The curious Scout records what she witnesses in an unvarnished way. For example, she overhears the racism of the white Maycomb ladies of the Missionary Society whom Aunt Alexandra entertains at the Finch house. Scout shows that they are more concerned with helping black people in Africa than in Maycomb, despite the great need at home. She notes how they silence the black servants who dare to show unhappiness after the Tom Robinson verdict. Through her innocent but observant eyes, we see how self-serving the racism is, helping these ladies to keep their low-cost help.

Scout also sees parts of life that most white people shun. For example, when Calpurnia takes her to the black First Purchase church, Scout witnesses firsthand the...

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