What quotes from Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird show that Scout is a tomboy?
The term "tomboy" is beginning to fall out of favor with evolving attitudes about behaviors being associated with gender, but historically, a tomboy was a girl who acted in ways that were deemed unfeminine.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, the nickname Scout is perhaps the first clue that Jean Louise Finch isn't a girly-girl. She prefers the company of her brother, Jem, and Dill, their neighbor, over the company of the girls in Maycomb.
At the beginning of chapter three, Scout asserts, "Catching Walter Cunningham in the schoolyard gave me some pleasure, but when I was rubbing his nose in the dirt Jem came by and told me to stop." Typically, it is not a feminine behavior to physically bully another child. Girls have long been socially conditioned to avoid physical domination of others, and so Scout's behavior in this scene could be called that of a tomboy.
Girls are generally considered to be more fastidious than boys in their approach to hygiene. At the beginning of chapter four, Scout finds two...
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