Scout (Jean Louise) Finch is the child narrator of the story. Provide an example from the opening chapters that reveal her childlike perspective.
Other examples of Scout's childlike behavior during the opening chapters of To Kill a Mockingbird:
- Scout continues to question Dill about his father, even after it seem obvious that Dill does not want to answer further questions. Jem has to tell Scout to hush.
- Scout still believes the ghoulish stories about Boo Radley, who, she is told, mutilated pets, ate raw squirrels and poisoned pecans.
- Scout goads Jem into running to touch the Radley House, finally sneering at him--the touch that sends Jem on his way.
- After one bad day at school, Scout is ready to quit and stay at home.
- Scout beats up Walter Cunningham after she blames him for getting her in trouble with Miss Caroline.
I would say that there are all kinds of things in the opening chapters that show that Scout has a child's perspective on the world.
For example, her attitude towards the start of school shows us this. She thinks of school as a time that will be all play. At the same time, she does not really understand that her brother will not want to hang out with a little kid like her at school. Adults would understand about things like that.
Another example from Chapter 2 is how Scout takes it at face value when Jem tells her that an entailment is the condition of having your tail in a crack.