Describe Scout's character and explain how she describes school in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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We read about Scout's first day at school in chapter two. From this picture, we get  a sense of how Scout would describe her school. Scout says that she was extremely excited about school. She could not wait! Here is what she says:

I never looked forward more to anything in my life.

When she arrived at school, all of her excitement turned into dread. By the end of the day she did not want to go to school anymore. 

Frist, Miss Caroline disapproved of Scout's ability to read. She even said to Scout that she should no longer read with Atticus, which was disheartening to say the least. 

Second, when Scout tried to explain why Walter Cunningham did not have lunch, Miss Caroline reprimanded her. By the end of the day, Scout did everything so wrongly that Miss Caroline hit her with a ruler. This quote says it all:

Before the first morning was over, Miss Caroline Fisher, our teacher, hauled me up to the front of the room and patted the palm of my hand with a ruler, then made me stand in the corner until noon.

In time, things did get better, but when Atticus started defending Tom Robinson, new hardships came to pass. The other children began to mock her. In light of this, we can safely say that school was a difficult place for Scout. 

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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