What are Scout's internal thoughts and feelings and what is her external appearance in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Scout is quite a complex character because of the depth she has. When the novel begins, Scout is a six-year old tomboy in a sleepy Southern town. She is beginning school and learning how to get along with the residents of Maycomb and establish her position in the community. She is a curious, determined and passionate young girl.

Internally we have an adult character who is actually reflecting on the experiences of herself as a six year old during a time of great social and political significance. Just as Scout physically grows during the course of the novel, we see her view of others mature through the gentle teachings of her father and the brutal lessons of the two deaths she encounters -

'Atticus, he was real nice...'

His hands were under my chin, pulling up the cover, tucking it around me.

'Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.'

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