To Kill a Mockingbird 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?

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout is a young girl that comes of age in a society in which racism and prejudice are apparent. In the story, Scout must learn to cope with and make sense of the world in which she lives. While she faces many conflicts, her main conflict lies in her struggle to find balance with what she sees and hears in her society and what she believes to be true. As an example, Scout hears stories about Boo Radley and how he is a "malevolent phantom." However, throughout the story, Scout comes to the conclusion that Boo is actually a caring and misunderstood man that simply prefers to be alone. Another example involves the trial of Tom Robinson. Scout's young mind must make sense of why people judge a person based on skin color and how people's actions are often not consistent with their words.

The resolution of Scout's main conflict comes when she learns to understand and apply the words her father shares with her in the beginning of the story. Atticus explains that, "You never...

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