To Kill a Mockingbird Questions and Answers
by Harper Lee

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What is the main conflict of Scout Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird, and what is the resolution?

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout's main conflict is between her own individuality and an imperfect world that wants her to fit in. Whether it's combating racism in the schoolyard or confronting her Aunt's sexism, Scout has to constantly stick up for her own truth. When Boo Radley rescues her, we see how Scout can resolve her conflict. Like Boo, Scout doesn't fit in. As Boo shows, you don't need to conform to be a decent, helpful person.

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout Finch faces many conflicts. She is a combative, strong-willed, smart girl, so it's not surprising that she has faced many battles. From the way she dresses to her father's defense of Tom Robinson, Scout seems to be inevitably squaring off against the world.

That just might be Scout's main conflict; she must continue to grapple with her own individuality and ideals and how they contrast with the imperfect world around her.

When a boy at school "announced in the schoolyard the day before that Scout Finch's daddy defended niggers," what does Scout do? She prepares to fight him. As Scout says, "My fists were clenched and I was ready to let fly."

Scout does not submit to society’s racism, nor does she yield to society’s sexism. Look at this quote concerning Aunt Alexandra and Scout's clothes:

Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I...

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