Scout's coming of age in To Kill a Mockingbird?I need to have a short explanation of how each place on my "map of Maycomb" shaped Scout's coming of age using specific examples of events. I have...

Scout's coming of age in To Kill a Mockingbird?

I need to have a short explanation of how each place on my "map of Maycomb" shaped Scout's coming of age using specific examples of events. I have almost EVERY place there is in To Kill a Mockingbird on my map. So can anyone help me?

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Here are a few examples:

THE RADLEY HOUSE.  The unseen man inside the Radley House, at first believed to be a terrible ghoul, proved to be a kind protector and friend.

RACHEL HAVERFORD'S HOUSE.  Dill came to visit his Aunt Rachel each summer, and he became Scout's boyfriend, confidante and fiance. She shared her first kiss with Dill, launching her into the world of romance.

MISS MAUDIE'S HOUSE.  Scout spent summer evenings talking with Miss Maudie, her first true adult female friend. She also discovered who had covered her with a blanket on the night Maudie's house burned.

THE JAIL.  Unbeknownst to Scout, she would save the life of Tom Robinson--and possibly her father's as well--by her innocent conversation with Mr. Cunningham outside the jail. 

THE COURTHOUSE.  Scout's eyes were opened about many things as she witnessed the trial of Tom Robinson. She saw that her father was a brilliant lawyer, that a jury could be swayed by racism, that both a father and daughter could be diabolically hateful, and that an obviously innocent man could be found guilty.

THE NEWSPAPER OFFICE.  It was here that B. B. Underwood wrote his editorial about Tom's death, likening it to the "senseless slaughter of songbirds." It was this editorial that opened Scout's eyes, recognizing that

... Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella opened her mouth and screamed.

THE O. K. CAFE.  Scout was horrified when Mrs. Dubose suggested that she may one day end up waiting on tables at the O. K. Cafe--unless she began to act more ladylike.

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