What are three of the lessons that Scout learns throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, and what is their effect on the maturation of her character?

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First, Scout learns her own lesson in prejudice through her interactions with Boo Radley. Without knowing him at all, she, Dill, and Jem decide this reclusive soul is a monstrous and frightening bogeyman. Even with evidences of his kindness staring her in the face—the blanket he puts around her shoulders on the cold night of Miss Maudie's fire and the gifts he leaves for her and Jem, for example—she persists in being frightened of him as a creepy and malevolent being. Only after he saves her and Jem by stabbing Mr. Ewell, who is trying to kill them, does Scout come to realize Boo's goodness.

Second, Scout learns through Atticus that one should not flaunt gifts that are merely granted one through the grace of God. After she looks down on Atticus for not being as young and athletic as her schoolmates' parents, she discovers he is an expert sharpshooter when he kills a rabid dog plaguing the neighborhood. This helps teach her that people can be more than they seem on the outside—as does her...

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