To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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What is one example of direct characterization of Scout Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird?

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Jean Louise “Scout” Finch is the principal character and narrator of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. She is six years old when the novel begins and nine when it ends, although Lee’s story is told retrospectively by an adult Jean Louise Finch. As Lee did use her main protagonist as narrator, direct characterizations of Scout had to be attributed to other characters, especially her older brother Jem and, most importantly, her father Atticus. An early example of such a characterization occurs in the opening passages of Chapter 3 when the “tomboy” Scout has tackled the desperately poor Walter Cunningham and is holding him on the ground. Jem intervenes in the one-sided scuffle by inviting the hapless Walter home for dinner and explaining that his sister is “crazy” and “won’t fight you anymore.” Jem’s characterization of his sister as “crazy” is not intended to be taken literally. Scout is free-spirited and strong-willed and has been raised under a strict code of...

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