Scout Dynamic Character Analysis

Superior Essays
Butterflies are viewed as a symbol of change around the world. This is because they come out of their shell and become one of the most beautiful creatures of life out there in the world. In a novel characters can very much be like butterflies by getting guidance from others or encountering an event that makes them grow and develop as a character, especially in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Although many may argue that children like Scout never lose their innocence and act just like kids do by. By the end of the novel it is clear that Jean Louise Finch is the most dynamic character in To Kill a Mockingbird. One of the first ways Scout becomes a dynamic character is how she learns to be empathetic. In the beginning, Scout does not see …show more content…
Scout believes earlier in the novel that a man with a gun is an example of courage. This why she and Jem want air rifles so badly. She is once again shown what is correct in the world and in this case it is what real courage truly means. Atticus shows Jem and her what real courage is when he has to shoot the sick dog. But he doesn’t want Scout or Jem to think that shooting the dog to keep the town safe as a courageous act, he wants them to recognize that you should always do what 's right. This is exactly what Atticus means when he says, "I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what” (112). Atticus just wants his children to get the idea that true courage goes beyond a simple physical act; it shows a deep honesty and strength to others. It is the willingness to do what is right even though it may be difficult because it may lose a few friends or cause others to ridicule the actions taken. It then only took time in the novel for Scout to visualize what true courage is. She is demonstrated what true courage truly is when her father takes on the job to defend Tom Robinson, and she vaguely understands that her father and Tom will not win the trial because of the racism in the town. Overall, Scout really knows why Atticus

Related Documents

  • Great Essays

    Jem does not want Atticus to be disappointed in him, so he builds courage to go into danger in order to avoid consequences. Jem Finch has done many courageous actions in the novel, and can be seen as a courageous character. At the jailhouse, the mob of men wants to lynch Tom Robinson and possibly hurt Atticus. Jem senses the danger Atticus is in and makes a courageous decision to disobey Atticus’ orders to go home, and the men do not hurt Tom or Atticus. Jem does this when he tells Atticus, “I ain’t going” (Lee 204).…

    • 1387 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see through it no matter what”(112). Atticus is telling his kids to never give up and always show courage. He's telling them you may think you're already beat before you start but you need to try anyways no matter what. The way atticus raised his kids impacted their lives greatly.…

    • 925 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    He knew that he wouldn’t have won this case simply because racism was deep rooted in their society, but he still wanted to give Tom a good chance. “‘If I didn’t I couldn’t hold my head up in town, I couldn’t represent this country in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again,’” (Lee 75). In this quote Atticus explains to Scout that because of his moral codes and and who he is as a person he had to do this case. He had to be brave and face the racist and hateful people because it was the right thing to…

    • 1006 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Atticus tells Scout why he defends Tom saying,”The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again.”(Lee) This shows Atticus’ core morals and values, he knows that Tom is innocent and he would be going against his own beliefs if he didn’t rightly defend Tom. He knows he will have to defend even his own family and beliefs when he takes on this case. This is really important to see how Atticus’ core morals are affecting his decision here, these morals are given to a person based on how they grew up and how they were raised. This shows exactly who a person is, and shows their core morals. Even a person who has not been in society for a long time will have their core morals make their decisions.…

    • 1610 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Atticus shot the dog because he knew the dog would cause danger to Maycomb. Atticus was known as the best shot in Maycomb, but he did not use that to his advantage. He did not shoot animals often because he felt like he was too powerful over the animals, so he never shot them. Atticus also wanted to be an encouraging role model to his children, Jem and Scout. “I wanted you to see what courage is, instead of pursuing the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.…

    • 1277 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    A first example is that Atticus stands up to Aunt Alexandra when she tells him to fire Calpurnia because Aunt Alexandra thinks she is a harmful influence to Jem and Scout. Because he values Calpurnia and everything she does for their family, he ignores her. More than that, Atticus defended the town from the mad dog by shooting a gun for the first time in thirty years. Using a gun was not something he liked to do, but when it was the only option to defend the town he still did it. Additionally, Atticus supported Mrs. Dubose in her fight with addiction, even though they disagreed on many fundamental beliefs and she often was cruel to him and his family.…

    • 1124 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Although physical and mental courage can be associated together, it takes moral courage to do what is right as opposed to what is wrong. Throughout the rumours that were said about Boo Radley, his strong sense of morality and justice motivated him to defend Jem and Scout by Bob Ewell. With determination, and giving it all he had, he attacked Mr. Ewell, thus leading to his death and the safety of the children. Boo did not defend the children in hopes to gain a better reputation of himself, but rather did it because he felt it was the right thing to do. Although Boo did not say anything to anybody or claim that he was the one who protected Jem and Scout from potential harm, his actions remained a secret to Jem and Scout only.…

    • 1119 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    While the others are preoccupied by hunting or worried about the beast, Ralph remains focused on what is important to their survival and rescue. This shows that as a leader, he wants the best for everyone, not just himself. For example, when Jack and his hunters obsess over hunting pigs, Ralph reminds them of the shelters and signal fire, which are essential to the survival of the boys. He knows that the “best thing [they] can do is [to] get [themselves] rescued” (53) and understands the importance of the fire. Other than a necessity to their rescue from the island, the flames are also a symbol of hope.…

    • 1195 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    Walker’s The Color Purple and Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird are very powerful novels with noticeable similarities. The main characters of each novel, Scout and Celie are easily comparable. Scout and Celie are a sad, but realistic depiction of a young girl growing up as a member of their individual race and in the era of when the novels take place. Due to their sheltered upbringings, Scout and Celie are curious to make up for information that is kept from them. In addition, Scout and Celie display their great smarts but in different ways.…

    • 2011 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Gun Control: Why Then Not Ban Everything that Poses a Potential Threat Gun Control is laws or policies that regulate the manufacture, sale, transfer, possession, modification, or use of firearms. Allowing Gun Control in our country will only minimize the rights our founding fathers granted us with. Although many believe that Gun Control is a solution to prevent crimes, studies on countries that already adopted Gun Control show no decrease in crimes. Gun Control will only detriment citizens by not allowing them to defend themselves or their property. Although many believe that law enforcement should be the ones in charge of protecting the community, it is clear that we shouldn’t have to wait for someone who may not be around the corner to come and protect us or our property when we can do it ourselves.…

    • 425 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Improved Essays

Related Topics