What are the character traits of Scout Finch?  

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Jean Louise "Scout" Finch is a naive six-year-old, who grows up in the prejudiced community of Maycomb, Alabama. Given that she is just a child, Scout does not fully understand her environment, various community members, or certain situations. She continually looks towards Atticus, Calpurnia, Miss Maudie, and Jem to answer questions about the world around her. Scout is also hot-headed and gets into several fights throughout the novel. As the novel progresses, Scout listens to her father's advice and uses her head instead of choosing to fight. Although Scout has a quick temper, she also has a caring heart. She shares Atticus' compassion and conveys her concern for her father, Jem, and Dill throughout the novel. Another character trait that describes Scout is "tomboy." Scout despises anything feminine and chooses to play with her brother and best friend, Dill, instead of staying in the house with girls. Her Aunt Alexandra is constantly chastising her for wearing overalls and playing outside. Scout is also a cautious individual. She is continually hassling Jem and Dill about breaking Atticus' rules or messing with the Radley house. Scout does not want to get into trouble, and Jem views her with indignance when she tries to put a stop to his plans. Scout also displays an affinity for reading and writing. Every night her father reads to her, and there are scenes throughout the novel that depict Scout writing to Dill. When Miss Caroline tells her that she can no longer read with Atticus, Scout is heartbroken. Fortunately, Atticus makes a compromise with his daughter and continues to read to her every night as long as she goes to school.

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