Scout's Development in To Kill a Mockingbird

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Scout's Growth In "To Kill A Mockingbird"

In this book, Scout's maturity follows the concept of Bloom's Taxonomy, a multi-tiered model of conceptual thinking according to six levels of complexity (Forehand). Scout starts out using only the two bottom layers of this method, knowledge and observation, and comprehension, both which she has had since a very young age. Scout moves up a level in this system when she applies pre-known knowledge and analyzes situations. For instance, when Walter Cunningham would not take Miss Caroline's money, Scout realizes that Walter wouldn't take the money because he didn't want it, but instead, he wouldn't take it because he could never pay it back. Scout reaches the last two levels, synthesis and evaluation, much later in the book when she attends the trial and puts together the ideas of racism and evil in her community. By using this formula of maturation, we can see that Scout has developed new understandings of the things and people around her and that she is using old concepts to create new ideas.

In the beginning of the book, Scout is very ignorant and she certainly does not think before she acts. She says things that she may not truly mean like when she says that Walter "ain't company, he's just a Cunningham" (Lee 33). Scout also thinks that Boo Radley is a monster and she is extremely frightened of him. As discussed before, when Scout was telling Miss Caroline about Walter, she shows that she is an immature child who is very impulsive. In the start of **To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout shows that she is most certainly not an adult, but she shows signs of growth.

Atticus is one of the main factors of Scout's growth and maturity because of him being a strong and wise man, even in tough situations, therefore helping Scout to overcome many obstacles. Thanks to Atticus, Scout learned to be more considerate and never judge a person until you have walked in their shoes (Austin). An example of this is when Scout stands in front...
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