What has Scout learned since the beginning of the novel?

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The answer to  your question depends on your location in the novel. Some of life's biggest lessons that Scout learns from beginning to end are these:

  1. DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. We see the phrase about walking around in someone's shoes or skin repeatedly in this book. Whether it's Mayella, Tom Robinson, or Scout's own point of prejudice Boo Radley, we never really know what someone else's life is like until we see it from their perspective. This she did in chapter 31 when standing on Boo's porch.
  2. RACISM IS UNJUST. Scout didn't really see color the way adults did, neither did Jem for that matter. But after getting to hear so much of the trial and realizing and unfair verdict was given, she began to see the ugly in the world. This became more clear to her when she sat around at the missionary tea.
  3. VIOLENCE SOLVES NOTHING. Scout tries to create her own sense of justice when she takes on Walter Cunningham in the schoolyard, but throughout the story, she watches her dad make baby steps with the issues of morality he fights for with his mind.

Hope that helps!

mekka84 | Student

I believe that Scout learns the art of understanding. To see someone for what they really are before judging them, before putting someone in a category. She learns this lesson from: Calpurnia, Atticus, and subconciously from Tom Robinson.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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