In many ways, Scout's coming of age centers around her realization that Maycomb isn't the world of childhood fairy tales that she has believed it to be throughout her childhood.
In chapter 10, Scout realizes that her father isn't as "feeble" as she'd believed but instead is capable of protecting her with skills she has never realized he possesses. When Tim Johnson wanders down their road displaying signs of rabies, it is Atticus whom Heck Tate turns to in order to ensure the dog is killed in one shot without accidentally shooting into any neighboring houses. Atticus comes through, much to Scout's amazement.
In chapter 15 , Scout realizes that her local townspeople harbor ugly feelings of hatred when she stumbles across a gang threatening her father, who sits by Tom Robinson's cell in order to protect him. She finds Mr. Cunningham in the crowd, a man whom her father has helped with legal matters and with whom Atticus shares a cordial relationship. It is Scout who alleviates the tension in the...
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