Scout's RelationshipsDuring the novel I noticed that Scout developed many different relationships with many of the other characters such as Atticus, Miss Maudie, Mrs. Dubose, Calpurnia and Boo...

Scout's Relationships

During the novel I noticed that Scout developed many different relationships with many of the other characters such as Atticus, Miss Maudie, Mrs. Dubose, Calpurnia and Boo Radley. All of these characters taught Scout important lessons through the novel that helped her mature as a person. In your ophinion who were the top three people that taught Scout lessons and what life lessons did they teach her? 

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Miss Maudie's influence helped Scout to better understand women in the novel. Most of the women characters are not reflected in a positive light, and Scout herself prefers the company of men.

... I liked them. There was something about them, no matter how much they cussed and drank and gambled and chewed; no matter how undelectable they were, there was something about them I instinctively liked... they weren't--
     "Hypocrites... born hypocrites."

Miss Maudie is no hypocrite, but a woman who treats Scout with a motherly touch who the Finch children can still call "our friend."

lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My top three are Atticus who taught her to be open-minded; Calpurnia who taught her how to interact with others in an appropriate manner; and Boo whose presence gives Scout a chance to show how to integrate all of the lessons she learned in the novel.  Boo himself is not the "teacher," but his presence at the end of the novel requires Scout to be kind, understanding, courageous,  and open-minded.  Her understanding of him at the end requires a lot of maturity from the young narrator.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Jem, Calpurnia, Miss Maudie and Alexandra are the four people who teach Scout the most - outside of Atticus, of course. 

Jem is Scout's biggest example. He is a mentor, a confidant and a playmate to Scout, encouraging her to develop and grow through example and instruction. 

Miss Maudie helps Scout significantly as well. She helps Scout particularly to learn to see Atticus more accurately and also to be patient in the face of social challenges. 

lsumner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would say that Calpurnia teaches Scout not to judge people. Boo teaches her to respect folks of different mentalities, and Atticus teaches Scout to value education. Atticus also insists that Scout walk around in someone's skin before making a judgment.Scout has many people who offer her guidance and support. She is a blessed little girl.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Walter Cunningham, Jr. teaches Scout not to be judgmental. When he comes to dinner, he is mature and proud. She learns a lot about poverty from him. As Cal says, every visitor is company and deserves respect, even children, and even the poor.
kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Scout also learns a significant amount from Jem, as she follows in his footsteps and regards his emotional reactions carefully. He influences her attitude and relationship with the adults who are key in the novel.

bananaboat97 | Student

Scouts relationship with Atticus starts to enhance. She gets more closer to him through the story. She starts getting to know him more and more eventually and Atticus guides her along with whats right and whats wrong. As Atticus give advices to Scout, she starts to look at the world fromother perspectives and eventually understands things more clearly as she starts growing up.

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