The voice of the young, ingenuous child precludes bias and cultural conditioning, two serious blinders to objective judgments. So, with Scout's voice, the reader is presented the microcosm of Maycomb society through her unknowing perspective and follows her perceptual growth as she innocently repeats what she has heard, learning, along the way, the implications of what she had said and, the, formulating in her mind things as they should be realistically. This gradual formulation by Scout is what constitutes the coming-of-age of the narrator of the bildungsroman, To Kill a Mockingbird.
- The most salient example of Scout's innocence is her attempt to diffuse tension by talking to Mr. Cunningham of his "entailment," naively using one of her father's legal terms. For, it is only later that Scout learns that her singling out of Mr. Cunningham has caused him some embarrassment as he engages in a mob action against Tom Robinson in confronting Atticus with others at the jailhouse.
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