Who is Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Scout Finch is the young narrator of Harper Lee's novelTo Kill a Mockingbird. The daughter of Maycomb attorney Atticus Finch, Jean Louise (Scout) Finch is a rough-and-tumble tomboy who spends most of her spare time playing with her brother Jem instead of with dolls. Scout is five years old when the novel begins, but many of her recollections come from the advantage of an adult perspective--a stylistic element which distinguishes the novel from others that feature a child narrator. Scout is also the brightest student in her first grade class--she can already read and write in cursive--and she finds school, and her teachers, quite disappointing. She and Jem, along with new friend Dill Harris, share many adventures in the first half of the novel--most involving her mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. Her childhood innocence is shattered in the second half when she witnesses first-hand the rape trial of Tom Robinson and the effect it has on her father. Tragic events occur, but Scout lets the reader know on the very first page of the novel that everything works out in the end.


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