What are some positive influences on Scout throughout To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Several characters positively influence Scout throughout the novel. Scout's father, Atticus Finch, influences his daughter to be tolerant and sympathetic towards others. He leads by example and gives Scout valuable life lessons on perspective, courage, and justice. Miss Maudie is another positive influence on Scout. Miss Maudie offers Scout insight into their reclusive neighbor, Boo Radley, and gives support and encouragement in difficult times. Scout enjoys sitting on Miss Maudie's porch and cherishes their friendship. Calpurnia is another character who positively influences Scout. Calpurnia teaches Scout how to write and teaches her how to respect others. Scout also gains valuable insight into the African American community after Cal takes her to First Purchase African M. E. for Sunday service. Jem and Dill are two other characters who are positive influences on Scout. They entertain Scout and also offer her emotional support in times of need.

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