Scout (Jean Louise) Finch is the child narrator of the story. Provide an example from the opening chapters that reveal her childlike perspective.

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.
pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

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