What are Scout's dreams/visions? Does she have a philosophy about life?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of Scout's dreams is to meet and carry on a conversation with the mysterious Boo Radley on her front porch. Throughout the novel, Scout gradually loses her fear of Boo Radley as she matures, and Scout realizes that he is simply a kind, reclusive individual. At the end novel, Scout's dream comes true, and she sits on the porch with Boo Radley before walking him home.

Scout's philosophy is that everyone should be treated equally and respected regardless of race, class, or gender. In Chapter 23, Scout is having a discussion with Jem about what makes people different, and she comments, "...I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks" (Lee 304). Scout believes the everybody is equal, and the only thing that separates individuals is 'opportunity.' Scout also believes that innocent beings should be protected and treated with respect. At the end of the novel, Scout uses the metaphor of killing a mockingbird to represent why Sheriff Tate decides not to tell the town that Boo was a hero. Like her father, Scout believes that individuals have a duty to protect the innocent members of society.

tpisano eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Throughout the novel, we watch Scout grow and change tremendously.  At the beginning of the novel, she is very innocent and doesn't understand things such as prejudice. As the novel proceeds, she learns what prejudice is, but stands strongly against it.  One philosophy she has is that all people should be treated equally.  She doesn't understand why others do not feel that way.   

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