Complex Character: Scout in to Kill a Mockingbird

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 743
  • Published : May 31, 2012
Open Document
Text Preview
Complex Character: Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird

Jean Louise Finch, also known as Scout, like most complex characters in fiction stories, changes in Harper Lee's “To Kill a Mockingbird.” In the beginning, Scout is a young kid that really doesn’t know what is the right thing and the wrong thing to do. When she is talking to Miss Maudie she mentions that Arthur Radley may have “died and they shoved him up the chimney.,” (Lee 43), and this irks Miss Maudie. This is because Scout really doesn’t understand what she can and can't say about people. In the middle of the story, Scout starts to realize what she is talking about and what her actions cause. By the end of the story, Scout sees what she has done and why it was a bad thing to do and she comprehends the concept of '''climbing into his skin and walking around in it.''' (Lee 30). This shows that Scout has changed from a wrongful thinking child into a wonderful, thoughtful child.

Scout's interactions with others also contribute to her development: In the beginning, she meets Dill, meeting him gives Scout her sense of adventure and wrongful doings, and Jem contributes to this too. When she talks with Miss Maudie throughout the book, Scout begins to realize things about people that she never knew. Towards the end she meets with Arthur Radley, meeting him taught Scout the full meaning of “climbing in his skin and walking around in it.” (Lee 30) Scouts interactions with other characters shows how she is just a girl that is trying to learn what is right ans what is wrong.

Scouts actions in the story drive her personality and thinking. When she fights kids at school defending her dad, she shows her weakness in her tolerance. In the middle of the story she sneaks into the court room to watch the Tom Robinson trial, this shows that she will find a way to get what she wants. At the end of the story she meets Arthur Radley, this changes her perspective on how she looks at people. Scouts actions point to the story's...
tracking img