Scout’s Coming of Ages Experiences
By: Jessica Batey
In the Novel to Kill a Mockingbird by Harpee Lee, one of the main characters Jean Louise Finch, also known as scout; matures and grows up. Not only does she grow up but she gets to experience many different traumatic moments over the 3 year time frame in this book. She learns from mistakes she makes and from the people around her and most importantly Maycomb County, the town she lives in. Jean Louise Finch also known as “Scout” is a 6 year old girl who is a complete tomboy. She follows her 10 year old brother Jem almost everywhere he goes and does as he does, but as the book goes on she begins to mature and fade as her brother’s shadow. In the Novel to Kill a Mockingbird, scout matures in many ways based on moments that have affected her. For Example, the racism and prejudice people in Maycomb County. Racism was a severe problem during the Great Depression. One moment that tied in with racism is Scout witnessing the trial between Tom Robinson and Mayella Ewell. Mayella claims that Tom Robinson, a poor black man raped her when she asked him to come help her with work. Of course, having a jury full of Caucasian’s they began siding with Mayella. Even after Mayella gets proved lying by Atticus when she states that Tom put both hands on her when he can only use one because of an incident in his past, she still wins the case. It just shows that the whole trial was racist, prejudice, and that Mayella only won because they believe white women wouldn’t lie and a black man would. Not only does Scout mature from this case but she gets to see the true world and how in reality the African Americas got treated worse and unfairly. Not only does Scout witness the jury being very racist but she witnesses the whole town being racist too. For example, Scout witness’s Atticus being called a “nigger –lover” by her cousin. This was Scouts first time encountering someone with such a racist-prejudice attitude. This not only upsets...
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