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Most importantly, Scout is the narrator of the story, and she places herself in every important scene that happens within the course of the novel. It can be argued that Atticus is actually the main character, but most of the action of the novel--aside from the trial of Tom Robinson--centers around Jem, Scout and Dill. Atticus comes into prominence during the middle and later chapters, and he is the most important adult in TKAM, but the earlier chapters concerning the children's relationship with Boo Radley revolve around the kids and the lessons they learn as they pursue their goal of getting a glimpse of him. Scout is present to give first-hand accounts of the mad dog, the lynch mob, the trial, the news of Tom's death, and the Halloween attack by Bob Ewell. The children's games concerning Boo, from their raids on the Radley house to their theatrical presentations on the city sidewalks, help to develop their characters and the themes presented by author Harper Lee. It is Scout's growth and maturation that is most important to the story, and how she evolves from the feisty, hot-tempered tomboy to the wise-beyond-her-years little lady in waiting.
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