What is an example that shows Scout has gained self-control by the end of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Toward the beginning of the novel, Scout struggles to maintain her composure and control her emotions. She gets into several physical altercations, and her temper gets her into trouble. As the novel progresses, Scout becomes more mature, exercises tolerance, and begins to develop perspective. Following Tom Robinson's trial, Scout demonstrates...

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Toward the beginning of the novel, Scout struggles to maintain her composure and control her emotions. She gets into several physical altercations, and her temper gets her into trouble. As the novel progresses, Scout becomes more mature, exercises tolerance, and begins to develop perspective. Following Tom Robinson's trial, Scout demonstrates her maturity by controlling her emotions and keeping her composure during stressful situations. In chapter 24, Scout demonstrates her ability to control her emotions by biting her tongue when Mrs. Merriweather makes several hypocritical comments and indirectly criticizes Atticus. Instead of defending her father and losing her temper on Mrs. Merriweather, Scout maintains her composure by holding onto Miss Maudie's hand and silently processing every comment.

Scout also demonstrates self-control in chapter 26 during a current events activity in her third-grade classroom. Scout controls her emotions when she listens to Miss Gates comment that there is no prejudice in the United States. Scout immediately recognizes Miss Gates's hypocrisy and once again demonstrates her maturity by biting her tongue.

One can also argue that Scout demonstrates self-control by acting as a gracious host towards Boo Radley after he saves her life. Scout leads him through the house, sits next to him on the porch, and walks him home. Despite being a monumental, exciting moment in her life, Scout demonstrates self-control by calmly interacting with Boo and making him feel comfortable.

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Scout had earlier shown surprising control when she avoided a fight with Cecil Jacobs in Chapter 9 of To Kill a Mockingbird. He had taunted Scout, calling Atticus a "disgrace" and her a "coward." She knew that Atticus would be disappointed if he heard about it, however, so she dropped her fists and left with Cecil's taunts

"... ringing in my ears. It was the first time I ever walked away from a fight.

Scout exhibited her new-found skill best in Chapter 24 at the Missionary Circle tea. Miss Stephanie made several jokes at Scout's expense, yet Scout held her tongue as "Miss Maudie's hand closed tightly on mine" in support of her young friend. She sat quietly while the ladies talked about hypocrites, "sulky" Negroes, and Atticus'  decision to defend Tom Robinson. In the end, she showed some of the first signs that she was learning self-control.

     After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I.

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