Analysis of Major Characters in To Kill a Mockingbird

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Analysis of Major Characters in To Kill a Mockingbird

Scout
v. unusual little girl, in own qualities and in social position. unusually intelligent (learns to read before beginning school), unusually confident (fights boys without fear), unusually thoughtful (worries essential goodness evil of mankind), unusually good (always acts best intentions). In terms social identity, unusual for being tomboy prim proper Southern world Maycomb. quickly realizes reading To Kill a Mockingbird Scout who she is because way Atticus raised her. nurtured mind, conscience, individuality without bogging her down fussy social hypocrisies notions of propriety. While most girls Scout’s position wearing dresses learning manners, Scout, thanks to Atticus’s hands-off parenting style, wears overalls learns climb trees Jem and Dill. does not always grasp social niceties (tells teacher 1 fellow students too poor pay her back for lunch), human behaviour often baffles her (as when one of teachers criticizes Hitler’s prejudice against Jews indulging own prejudice against blacks), Atticus’s protection Scout hypocrisy social pressure rendered her open, forthright, well meaning. beginning novel, Scout innocent, good-hearted five-year-old child no experience evils of the world. As novel progresses, Scout has first contact evil form racial prejudice, basic development her character governed question whether will emerge from that contact with conscience optimism intact whether will be bruised, hurt, or destroyed like Boo Radley and Tom Robinson. Thanks Atticus’s wisdom, Scout learns though humanity great capacity for evil, also has great capacity good, and that the evil often mitigated if one approaches others outlook sympathy and understanding. Scout’s development into person capable assuming outlook marks culmination novel indicates that, whatever evil she encounters, she will retain her conscience without becoming cynical or jaded. Though still a child end of the book, perspective life develops

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