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Scout's Curiosity What are 3 things that show Scout is a curious girl in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Scout does not accept the world as she sees it.  For example, she wonders about Boo Radley.  Boo signfies the potential of people to be good or cruel--the potential of childhood.  Scout also does not accept Walter Cunningham's situation as a given.  She asks her father about poverty, trying to comprehend the different social classes represented.  Finally, Scout is curious about the trial and the town's treatment of Tom Robinson, though she does not understand it the way Jem does.  Jem does not belive that the jury will convict Tom, but Scout just isn't sure.  Not being quite old enough to grasp the nuances of what is happening, she locks on to the foundational points.

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Yes, certainly the fact that she is constantly getting into trouble indicates a high level of curiosity. Likewise, as is shown by her desire to find things out, such as the story surrounding Boo Radley, her character and her actions all point toward a child who is desperate to find answers to the questions she has.

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It seems like Scout is always in trouble for something, and it's certainly due in part to her avid curiosity.  As a little girl, before we meet her, Scout sat on her father's lap and learned to read by watching and listening to him.  When we meet her, she has a nearly insatiable curiosity regarding Bood Radley.  Jem does, too, of course, but he grows out of it; Scout does not.  At least not until she finally meets him.

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As a precocious child, Scout is naturally curious.  Having a father who has a very open relationship with her also contributes to her...

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