In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout has been said to have made "unique choices."  Explain one unique choice.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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The most timely unique choice Scout makes during the entire novel comes when she decides to initiate a conversation with Mr. Walter Cunningham in front of the jail on the evening before the trial. Along with Dill and Jem, Scout has chosen to find out why Atticus has mysteriously left the house on a Sunday evening. When they reach the jail, they find Atticus surrounded by a group of men. They know that something is not right, especially when Atticus repeatedly orders the children to return home. After one of the men tries to physically remove Jem himself, Scout defends her brother, kicking the man in the groin. Scout then remembers one of Atticus's bits of advice--

... to talk to people about what they were interested in, not about what you were interested in...

--and when she saw Mr. Cunningham's "familiar face," she decided that the polite thing to do would be to start a conversation with him. Scout's unique decision shamed the leader of the men who had come to lynch Tom Robinson--and possibly harm Atticus--and they were soon on their way.

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girlontrails | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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Scout has chosen to follow her father's advice -- to crawl into someone else's skin in order to see their point of view.  Scout does this by trusting Boo Radley.  In the end Scout stands on Boo's porch and views Maycomb through his eyes.

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