How Is Scout Selfish

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In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, the young narrator Jean Louise,better known as Scout, gives us an unbiased look at her small town called Maycomb. Since she is so young, she doesn’t have a full understanding of what’s really happening throughout the book. She is very innocent and asks and says things that aren’t exactly politically correct. Being the youngest and growing up without a mother lead to her becoming a tomboy and is quick to use her fists. Scout being so young helps give the truest sense of what’s going on.
The novel takes place over three years, and through those years Scout learns a lot of life lessons. She obviously marvels her father, but then she complains, "[Her] father didn't do anything . . . he never went hunting,
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Her teacher basically told her to stop learning. Instead of being happy that Scout could read her teacher was very upset at the fact that she was ahead of everyone else. Scout encounters many problems throughout this book. A major conflict she encountered was being told to stop being a tomboy and start acting like a lady, but Scout wasn’t really sure what that actually meant. Her brother always criticized her for, “acting like a girl,’ but then other times he tells her she’s not being girly enough. The only person she wants to please is her father, Atticus, and he doesn’t care how she acts or dresses. He likes her the way she is and doesn’t care if she’s a tomboy.
Another lesson she learns is that she needs to try walking in someone else's shoes. Atticus teaches her the importance of looking at something from someone else’s point-of-view. At the end of the novel Scout puts herself in Boo Radley’s shoes, the person she feared the most throughout the whole story.
In the beginning, Scout is a innocent five year old with no experience in the real world. She never knew the evils in the world until Atticus took on Tom Robinson’s case. Scout then suffered from prejudice bullying from everyone in town, but her father teaches her that it doesn’t matter what other people say. The only thing that matters is what you think. Scout’s attitude drastically changes from the beginning to the end of the book. Even though

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