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by Harper Lee

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What are two internal changes in Scout throughout To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Throughout the novel, Scout matures and develops into a morally upright individual like her father. As the novel progresses, Scout heeds her father's lessons and gains perspective on life. She begins to perceive situations from other people's points of view, which gives her insight into how people feel and behave throughout Maycomb. By the end of the novel, Scout has the ability to sympathize with and have empathy for others, particularly innocent individuals like Boo Radley. In addition to increasing her perspectives and gaining insights into people and situations, Scout also becomes tolerant by the end of the novel. At the beginning of the story, Scout was known for her quick temper and continually trying to solve problems with her fists. After sitting down and talking with her father, Scout learns the importance of tolerance and self-control. Scout first exercises her tolerance by walking away from Cecil Jacobs on the playground. As the novel progresses, Scout witnesses her father treat their racist neighbors with kindness and walk away from a certain fight with Bob Ewell. Scout develops into a tolerant young girl who no longer reacts out of anger, but instead exercises self-control when faced with adversity.

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