What does Scout Finch do for fun in To kill a Mockingbird? 

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Scout Finch is a young girl growing up during the Great Depression.  There is no much to do, and not much money to do anything with.  She entertains herself by playing with her brother and her friend Dill.

There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. (ch 1)

As a result, Scout and her brother have to think up ways to spend their time.  They enjoy acting things out.  When Dill comes, the three of them act out stories from movies and books.  There is no movie theater in Maycomb, and no television or video games in the 1930’s.  Scout describes summer as a time of “routine contentment” because the weather was nice and Jem was not in school.

Routine contentment was: improving our treehouse that rested between giant twin chinaberry trees in the back yard, fussing, running through our list of dramas based on the works of Oliver Optic, Victor Appleton, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. (ch 1)

The children also spend their time thinking about Boo Radley and trying to make him come out of the house.  They are interested in him because he is a local legend.  He is a mystery, and kids like mysteries.

The descriptions of playing in the summer serve as a sharp contrast to the turmoil of the trial.  Soon enough, Scout and Jem will not be passing their days in contentment.  They will be leaving the innocence of childhood behind and getting exposed to some harsh realities of adult life.

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