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

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Scout deals with several conflicts throughout the book.  A few are highlighted below:

Scout has an ongoing conflict with her brother, Jem.  Jem sometimes tries to make Scout feel excluded.  An example of this is when he tells her she is acting like a girl:

Jem was scowling triumphantly.  "Nothin' to it.  I swear, Scout, sometimes you act so much like a girl it's mortifyin'" (To Kill a Mockingbird, chapter 4).

Conflicts between Calpurnia and Scout are also common in the novel.  On the first day of school, Scout gets in trouble with her teacher because she is already writing.  Scout blames Calpurnia for giving her "a writing task by scrawling the alphabet firmly across the top of a tablet, then copying out a chapter of the Bible beneath" (Chapter 3).  Calpurnia is often strict with Scout, which she does not like.  Calpurnia scolds Scout when she is rude or unkind.

Scout is willing to challenge anyone who criticizes her father about the Tom Robinson trial.  Her cousin, Francis, insults Atticus.  He tells her that Atticus is a disgrace to the Finch family.  Scout is enraged and goes after him.

The main conflict is Scout dealing with those who insult her father.  Francis and children at school speak negatively about Atticus.  At first, Scout only responds with anger.  The resolution is when she learns to be confident in her father's work to help Tom Robinson.  She knows that he is doing the right thing, no matter what anyone says about it.  


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