To Kill a Mockingbird

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Scout Finch: A Complex Character in To Kill a Mockingbird

Lisa Tran
ENG1D1d
Mr. Huggett
Monday. November. 30/2009 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee contains many interesting characters. One of these is Scout Finch. She is aggressive but also sympathetic and courageous. Scout is quite aggressive. During Christmas time, Uncle Jack Finch, Aunt

Alexandra and Francis Hancock visited Scout and her family. After they ate their Christmas dinner, Scout and Francis started talking to each other. Scout defends Atticus when Francis calls him a n_ _ _ _ _ - lover. She becomes angry and goes after him. Scout says, “This time, I split my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth.” (Pg. 84) Even though Francis should not have called Atticus mean names, Scout had no right to attack him for what he said. Besides, Francis was her guest, so Scout should have been nice to him or treated him nicely. Another scene in the novel in which Miss Finch appears combative is at her school. When Scout enters the first grade, her teacher is Miss Caroline Fisher. When it was close to lunchtime, everyone got out their lunch and placed it on their desk. Miss Caroline asked why Walter Cunningham Jr. did not have his lunch on his desk, so then she offered him a quarter to buy himself some lunch, but he would have to pay her back the next day. Walter could not accept her quarter and when Miss Caroline asked him why, Scout answers for him. She says Walter was poor and had no money. The Cunningham’s paid off whatever they owe, with whatever they had. Such as potatoes or nuts. Miss Caroline gets mad at Miss Finch for talking back at her, so she disciplines Scout by whipping her hand with a ruler. Walter Cunningham made Scout begin things incorrectly with Miss Caroline, so she goes after him. Scout says, “Catching Walter Cunningham in the schoolyard gave me some pleasure, but when I was rubbing his...
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