What are some of the things that frustrate Scout throughout the story?

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Scout is continually frustrated with the behavior of the townspeople of Maycomb in To Kill a Mockingbird. Some people call her father, Atticus Finch, a “nigger lover,” which is something she doesn’t understand. Atticus explains it to her, along with why it is wrong for people to say such a thing. She is also frustrated that so many people believe that Atticus is doing the wrong thing in defending Tom Robinson. In fact, she initially believes that since so many people believe Atticus is wrong, they must be right.

Scout is also frustrated by her own inability to control her anger and emotions. Like some of the people of Maycomb who unthinkingly vilify her father, Scout also has a hard time mastering her inclinations for  hatefulness and violence. In this way, Scout is similar (like all of us) to people who hate blindly. The difference is that she has a father who can guide her through this phase and show her how to live a better life.

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