To Kill A Mockingbird Scout's Maturity

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The journey toward maturity is never an easy thing to accomplish. This is especially true in the case of To Kill a Mockingbird’s Jean Louise Finch, also known as Scout. The author, Harper Lee, presents Scout as a young, nine year old girl who is immature and a troublemaker. Scout is constantly getting into fights and picking on other kids. However, over the course of the book, Scout’s exposure to injustice and her experiences with her brother force her to grow up quickly and she becomes a more mature, courteous and responsible child by the end of the book.

In To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout’s personality and behavior change significantly over the course of the story and she is forced to mature based on the actions and events that take place
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When Scout's Aunt Alexandra was meeting with a bunch of women and Scout was helping her serve, Atticus tells Scout and Aunt Alexandra that Tom just died, Scout recalls, “I carefully picked up the tray and watched myself walk towards Mrs. Merriweather. With my best company manners, I asked her if she would have some. After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this so could I.” (318) Scout put aside her own emotions and went about her task knowing that Tom’s death would have an impact on both Atticus and Aunt Alexandra. She models her behavior based on her Aunt’s proper behavior and instead of thinking only of herself, tries to think of the needs of others, of maintaining appearances and helping her Aunt and her father. Scout inquired, “Come along Mr. Arthur, you don’t know that house real well I’ll just take you to the porch sir.” (364) Scout shows maturity here because she is being kind to Boo Radley even though there are many rumors that he isn’t a good man and is an outcast. . She looks past these rumors because he was nice to her when he gave Jem and her presents in the tree. Scout shows empathy to a man that has been secluded for most of his life, and she shows her compassionate side and her growth by going out of her way to be thoughtful and helpful with

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