What are the advantages of telling To Kill a Mockingbird from Scout's point of view?thank you:)

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The advantages are abundant.  First, Scout is telling us the story years later--she's an adult relaying a very important summer from her past.  This helps to further show the impact that summer had on both Scout and her older brother, Jem.  Secondly, since Scout is at such a tender age during this novel, the reader can also see her moral and intellectual development.  While she may be a child physically, by the end of the novel, Scout grasps the important lessons taught to her by her father, Atticus Finch: one must fight against social injustice; the existence of ignorance and its relation to the fight of good against evil.

Also, there are parts of the book where Scout, the character, is just funny.  For instance, a section of the novel that never ceases to get a laugh from me is when the family is sitting down to dinner.  Scout very nonchalantly says to the others at the table, "Pass the damn ham, please."  Even though she swears, she at least still keeps her manners.  :-)

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