What three places did Scout grow as a person, with specific quotations?Doing the map project and I need 3 peices of text for each claim about where things are and how Scout grew as a person in...

What three places did Scout grow as a person, with specific quotations?

Doing the map project and I need 3 peices of text for each claim about where things are and how Scout grew as a person in those places.

So far I have 3 quoted text for the school yard and Mrs. Dubose.

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The first significant place is the Radley House, specifically the tree.  The tree with the knot hole is described on page 44.  Please note that page numbers may vary.  I will include both chapter numbers and page numbers to help you find it.

Two live oaks stood at the edge of the Radley lot; their roots reached out into the side-road and made it bumpy. Something about one of the trees attracted my attention. (p. 44, ch 4)

This is the first time the tree is mentioned, but it is mentioned again when the children find other gifts.  This is when Scout begins to have empathy for Boo Radley.

Another place Scout changes is in the schoolyard, when she walks away from a fight for the first time.

I drew a bead on him, remembered what Atticus had said, then dropped my fists and walked away, “Scout’s a cow—ward!” ringing in my ears. It was the first time I ever walked away from a fight.

Somehow, if Somehow, if I fought Cecil I would let Atticus down. Atticus so rarely asked Jem and me to do something for him, I could take being called a coward for him. I felt extremely noble for having remembered, and remained noble for three weeks. Then Christmas came and disaster struck. (p. 102, ch 9)

The actual schoolyard is almost never described.  We know Radley pecans fall there but “lay untouched by the children” (ch 1, p. 11).  We also know it is surrounded by a fence and has “one solitary oak” (ch 6, p. 72).

The third place that shows Scout’s growth is the courtroom.  When she listens to Mayella’s testimony, we realize that she has the capacity to empathize.  She understands and feels sorry for Mayella.

The Maycomb County courthouse was faintly reminiscent of Arlington in one respect: the concrete pillars supporting its south roof were too heavy for their light burden. The pillars were all that remained standing when the original courthouse burned in 1856. Another courthouse was built around them. It is better to say, built in spite of them. But for the south porch, the Maycomb County courthouse was early Victorian, presenting an unoffensive vista when seen from the north.From the other side, however, Greek revival columns clashed with a big nineteenth-century clock tower housing a rusty unreliable instrument, a view indicating a people determined to preserve every physical scrap of the past. (ch 16, p. 216)

The description of getting to the courtroom is the most interesting to me.

To reach the courtroom, on the second floor, one passed sundry sunless county cubbyholes: the tax assessor, the tax collector, the county clerk, the county solicitor, the circuit clerk, the judge of probate lived in cool dim hutches that smelled of decaying record books mingled with old damp cement and stale urine.  It was necessary to turn on the lights in the daytime; there was always a film of dust on the rough floorboards. The inhabitants of these offices were creatures of their environment: little gray-faced men, they seemed untouched by wind or sun. (ch 16, p. 217)

Notice that the courthouse is described with quite a lot of imagery, inside and out.


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