Every hearing this Scout clenches her fist

Every single human being goes through
change in their life. But as we change we also grow and mature. Scout, Jean Louise Finch, is a six-year-old
girl at the beginning of the novel To
Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee and is nine by the end of it.

Little by little throughout
the book, we see as a reader how she learns to control her volatile temper, change
her views on what’s right and what is wrong and just overall mature into a
young lady.

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                In the
very early chapters of the book, we see scout being portrayed as a very hotheaded
young 6-year-old.

An example of this would be
when Scout beats up Walter Cunningham, a classmate of hers, for “not
having his lunch.”

Walter Cunningham in the schoolyard gave me some pleasure, but when I was
rubbing his nose in the dirt Jem came by and told me to stop. ‘You’re bigger’n
he is,’ he said.

as old as you, nearly,’ I said. ‘He made me start off on the wrong foot.’ ‘Let
him go Scout. Why?’ ‘He didn’t have any lunch,’ I said, and explained my
involvement in Walter’s dietary affairs.” (Scout to Jem. Lee, 25) Something we
see that proves her improvement of temper control is when Scout is ready to
fight Cecil Jacobs for what he says; at the beginning of chapter 9. Cecil
Jacobs announces to the schoolyard that “Scout Finch’s daddy defended ni****s.”
When hearing this Scout clenches her fist and tells him to take it back. Although
it is not directly written or stated as to whether or not Scout actually hit
him, it is implied she is ready to do so. Later on, Scout has a conversation
with Atticus about Cecil’s comments. Atticus then explains to her that he is
defending a black man named Tom Robinson, who was accused of rape. He tells her
to control her anger and to keep her fists down. However, the next day, Cecil
refuses to take back his comments and instead says “My folks said your daddy
was a disgrace an’ that ni**** oughta hang from the water tank!” Despite
Cecil’s hateful comments, Scout manages to maintain her composure and walks away.
(Lee, 85-88) This shows that she is maturing and listening to what her father
has to say and that fighting is not the answer to everything.

                 The way Scout views people of color is
defiantly a sign of her maturing. When she sees how Tom Robbinson is treated
just because he is black, she begins to understand all the racism and judgment
in Maycomb County. She is quick to realize that some people, in her community
would commit murder just because of the color of somebody else’s skin. This is
a sign of maturity as she has to understand all of the controversy in Maycomb
with white people thinking they are better than someone who is black, at the
age of 6. How Scout changes her feels about Boo Radley at the end of the book
is also a big sign of her maturing. In the beginning, she and Jem are both
afraid of Boo and think he is some kind of monster. Later in the book they come
to realize that he is a very kind and peaceful man who wouldn’t hurt a
fly.   An example of that would be when
he saved the children and brought them home safely after they were attacked by
Bob Ewell. One of the most noticeable signs of Scout maturing is also in this
part of the novel, when she gathered enough courage to stand alongside Boo on
the Radley porch.

wondered how many times Jem and I made this journey, but I entered the Radley
front gate for the second time in my life. Boo and I walked up to the steps to
the porch. His fingers found the front doorknob. He gently released my hand,
opened the door, went inside, and shut the door behind him. I never saw him
again.” (Scout. Lee, 320)

               From the beginning of the book we notice right
away Scout is not your average 1930’s girl. Her mother died when she was very
young, therefore she hasn’t had anyone to teach her how to become a proper
young lady. But when Aunt Alexandra comes into the picture, we see right away
that Scout does not like her. From her criticizing the way Scout dresses, to how
Atticus raises his children and the things that Calpurnia does. Her judgmental
attitude doesn’t help ether too.  As we
keep reading, we see how Scout and Aunt Alexandra begin to see each other in
new lights. Scout spending more time with her and seeing what it’s really like
to have a motherly figure in her life. Both Jem and Scout starting opening up
to her more and trusting her, even Aunt Alexandra becoming more attached to the
children and being less strict and more relaxed. Towards the end of the book you
can tell that Aunt Alexandra truly loves Jem and Scout, especially when the
threat of Bob Ewell becomes real; Aunt Alexandra is really concerned for their
safety. She goes as far as handing Scout a pair of overalls to wear.

left it at that. She brought me something to put on, and had I thought about it
then, I would never let her forget it: in her distraction, Aunty brought me my
overalls. ‘Put these on, darling,’ she said, handing me the garments she most
despised.” (Aunt Alexandra to Scout. Lee, 303)

               In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, we
read about young 6-year-old Scout, Jean Louise Finch mature over the period of thirty-one
chapters and three years within the book. She also realizes the problems of the
society she lives in and of those in her community. Overall, Scout Finch has
matured and grown more than any other character. She went from a hotheaded and fist
first 6-year-old to a collective and smart young 9-year-old. Who has learned
many priceless life lessons, within 3 years. 


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