I need a quote on Scout's being curious in To Kill a Mockingbird. I need this asap

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In addition to the examples that include Scout asking her father the meaning of explicit terms, she also inquires about Tom Robinson's situation. In chapter 12, Scout and Jem attend First Purchase African M.E. Church for Sunday service. Scout is bursting with curiosity about Calpurnia's church and asks numerous questions after the service. Scout's comments display her level of curiosity once Reverend Sykes takes up a second collection. Scout says,

"I wanted to stay and explore, but Calpurnia propelled me up the aisle ahead of her... I was bursting with questions, but decided I would wait and let Calpurnia answer them" (Lee, 75).

When Reverend Sykes tells Scout that he is happy to see them in church, Scout immediately asks him, "Why were you all takin‘ up collection for Tom Robinson’s wife?" (Lee, 76). Reverend Sykes responds by telling Scout that Helen Robinson has three children, and Scout replies by asking, "Why can’t she take ‘em with her, Reverend?" (Lee, 76). Reverend Sykes replies by telling Scout that Helen is having a tough time finding work. Before Scout can ask another question, Calpurnia interrupts to tell Reverend Sykes goodbye. On their way home, Scout asks Calpurnia several questions regarding Tom's situation. She initially asks why people will not hire Helen before asking, "Just what did he [Tom Robinson] do, Cal?" (Lee, 77).

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are many instances of Scout's being curious in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.l For, whenever she hears something being said that concerns her father, she is quick to inquire about it.  One such instance occurs in Chapter 2 as she asks her father, "Why does he pay you like that?" when Mr. Cunningham pays Atticus in turnip greens.  It is then that Atticus explains the concept of entailment and how Mr. Cunningham is too proud to take a WPA job.

In another instance, Scout talks with Miss Maudie and asks her about Boo Radley's remaining in his house:  "Why doesn't he?...Nobody ever told me."  Then, she asks Miss Maudie to explain the term she uses, "foot-washing Baptist."  As Miss Maudie relates the history of Boo Radley and the foot-washing father who sees all women as Eves, Scout inquires," Is that why Mr. Arthur stays in the house to keep away from women?  In Chapter 10 after Atticus shoots the rabid dog, Miss Maudie talks again with the children, telling them that Atticus has always been an marksman.  In curious reaction to this statement, Scout says, "Wonder why he never goes huntin' now."

Scout also asks her father "Do you defend niggers?"(9)and "What is rape?" (14) when she hears these words used in reference to Atticus and his defending of Tom Robinson. 

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In addition to the examples of Scout's curiosity in the previous post, here are a few others.

  • In Chapter 1, Scout is curious about her new friend, Dill, asking him, "Where'd you come from?" She pushed him further about his father: "Then if he's not dead you've got one, haven't you?" At this point Jem told her to hush.
  • Later in Chapter 1, Dill states that striking a match under a turtle is hateful. Jem argues the point, and Scout remarks, "How do you know a match don't hurt him?"
  • In Chapter 3, Calpurnia senses that Scout has had a bad day at school with Miss Caroline, so she makes crackling bread, specially for Scout. Calpurnia tells Scout that "I missed you today." Puzzled, Scout asks, "Why? Jem'n me ain't ever in the house unless it's rainin'." After Calpurnia kissed her, Scout "ran along, wondering what had come over her."
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