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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

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What conclusions can you draw about Scout's feelings towards reading and writing?

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At the beginning of the novel, Scout is told by her teacher, Miss Caroline, that she cannot read at home with Atticus and that she needs to stop writing. Scout is extremely upset that she cannot read with her father and tells Atticus that she's not going to school anymore. Atticus makes a "compromise" with his daughter that he will continue to read to her at night, as long as she continues to attend school. While Miss Caroline reads the children a story in class, Scout mentions that the rest of her classmates do not share an interest in imaginative literature. Scout is the only student who knows how to read fluently. Scout also mentions that Calpurnia taught her to write by copying verses out of the Bible. The reader can tell that Scout is very passionate about literature and writing based on her reaction to Miss Caroline's directives. Much like her father, who consistently reads the newspaper, Scout loves to read. She learned to read by sitting on Atticus' lap at night and reading whatever he happened to be reading. Her father is a lawyer who values education, and Scout shares the same feelings about reading and writing as her father.

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