SCOUT FINCH

SCOUT FINCH
# [SCOUT FINCH](https://mm.tt/1617638068)
TEXTUAL ISSUES OR CONCERNS LINKED
TO THIS CHARACTER
Growing up
Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know
a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in
them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.
(Page 321)
Throughout the whole novel Scout learns a lot which develops her as
a character and a person. Growing up is a theme in TKAM because it
is centered around 2 children who are growing up as the story goes
on.
Influence of Prejuduce
Scout is constantly being told and believing the
stories she hears about what Boo Radley is like and
why he stays inside, away from everyone.
The strong amount of prejudice is incredibly influential
on how Scout is supposed to live in life according to
the older people in her life.
Moral Education
When Scout finally realizes that
everyone lives different lives.
How Scout learns about how everyone has different
beliefs and understandings. That there is no right way
to living however there is a wrong way.
LOOKS LIKE
BIG FOR HER AGE
"You're bigger'n he is." (CHAPTER 3)
After cousin Francis had called both Scout
and Atticus a "nigger-lover," Scout "split my knuckle to the bone on his
front teeth." (CHAPTER 9)
AT THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY SCOUT IS 6 YEARS OLD AND
EVEN THOUGH NOT MUCH IS SAID ABOUT HER PHYSICAL
APPEARANCE WE CAN DEDUCE THAT SHE IS BIG FOR HER AGE FOR
THE REASON THAT SHE IS LARGER THAN MOST OF THE BOYS IN THE
STORY.
WEARS OVERALLS INSTEAD OF
DRESSES LIKE A 'PROPER' GIRL
"I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could
do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn’t supposed to be doing things that
required pants." (CHAPTER 9 > PG. 74) "Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the
subject of my attire. I could not possible hoope to be a lady if I wore
breeches...." (pg 81)
SCOUT IS VERY MUCH A TOMBOY AND DOESNT MIND GETTING DIRTY AND
SPENDING TIME WITH HER 'HERO' BROTHER JEM. IN THE QUOTE SHOWN WE SEE
THAT SHE DOESNT SEE A NEED TO WEAR A DRESS LIKE ALL THE OTHER GIRLS IN
MAYCOMB SHE FEELS THAT WEARING OVERALLS IS A MUCH MORE APPROPRIATE
OPTION OF CLOTHING FOR HER LIFE.
Quality
Quote or Evidence (Including page #)
Explain
HOW OTHERS SEE HIM OR HER...
Innocent
"But I never figured out how Atticus knew i was
listening, and it was not until many years later that I
realized he wanted me to hear every word" (Page 96)
Scout is seen as the innocent little girl she is for most
of the novel, but after the court case people tend to
treat her like more of a lady.
Tomboy
"Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a
lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn't
supposed to be doing things that required pants. Aunt Alexandra's vision of my
deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets, and wearing the Add-A-Pearl
necklace she gave me when I was born; furthermore, I should be a ray of sunshine in my
father's lonely life." (Page 108)
Throughout the novel Scout is always told that
she needs to be more of a lady by Aunt
Alexandra.
MOTIVATED BY
JEM
"Jem told me to hush, which is a sure sign that
Dill had been studied and found acceptable."
(CH 8)
SCOUT SEEKS TO FOLLOW IN JEMS FOOTSTEPS, SHE ASPIRES TO BE LIKE HIM WHICH
MOTIVATES HER TO DO SOME OF THE THINGS SHE DOES. ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS
THE READER NOTICES IN THE BOOK IS THAT WHE JEM MAKES A DECISION ABOUT
SOMEONE WORTH BEING FRIENDS WITH SCOUT ACCEPTS HIS DECISION. JEAM ALSO
TEACHES HER MANY LESSON ABOUT LIFE WHICH GUIDE HER THROUGHOUT HER
DEVELOPMENT.
ATTICUS
"You never really understand a person until you
consider things from his point of view... Until you climb
into his skin and walk around in it." (PG 85-87)
SCOUT IS MOTIVATED AND INSPIRED BY HER FATHER ATTICUS. ATTICUS GIVES THIS SIMPLE PIECE OF
ADVICE TO SCOUT, WHEN SHE HAS A BAD DAY AT SCHOOL. THIS QUOTE BECOMS THE BACKBONE OF
TEH NOVEL AND ITS SYMBOLIC SIGNIFICANCE PLAYS KEY ROLES THROUGHOUT THE NOVEL. SCOUT
TRIES NOT TO JUDGE OTHERS BECAUSE SHE DOESNT KNOW THEM ESPECIALLY HER NEIGHBOUR BOO.
SHE VALUES EVERYTHING THAT ATTICUS HAS TO SAY AND TAKES IT TO HEART AND USES IT TO GUIDE
HER IN LIFE.
ACTS LIKE
NAIVE
"The world's ending, Atticus!
Please do something" (pg 64)
SCOUT IS VERY NAIVE THROUGHOUT SOME PARTS
OF THE NOVEL WHICH PORTRAYS HER
INNOCENCE.
IMMATURE
"whats rape?" (CH 14)
SCOUT ACTS VERY CHILDLIKE THROUGHOUT MANY
PARTS OF THE NOVEL. AN EXAMPLE OF THIS IS
WHEN
COURAGEOUS
'"You gonna take that back,
boy[Cecil Jacobs]?"
'"You gotta make me first!" .... "My parents say...." I drew a bead on
him, remembered what Atticus had said, then dropped my fists and
walked away, "Scout's a coward!" ringing in my ears.' (PAGES 76-77)
SCOUT IS A VEY COURAGEOUS CHARACTER AND HAS NEVER TURNED DOWN A FIGHT IN HER
LIFE HOWEVER IN THIS SITUATION (SHOWN IN THE QUOTE) SHE DECIDES TO THINK ABOUT HER
ACTIONS AND REMEMBERS ATTICUS SAYING NOT TO LISTEN AND ESPECIALLY NOT TO FIGHT
BACK. SO SHE DECIDES NOT TO FIGHT BACK BECAUSE SHE LOVES HER FATHER BUT ALSO TAKE
THE BY LETTING PEOPLE CALL HER AND HER FATHER NAMES IN REGARDS TO THE COURT CASE.
BELIEFS & VALUES
Honour
"Catching Walter Cunningham in the school yard 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.
(Page 24)
Before Scout learns to hold herself back, she
takes to physical violence to sort out her
problems
Courage
"When I committed myself to a policy of cowardice.
Word got around that Scout Finch wouldn't fight
anymore, her daddy wouldn't let her." (Page 90)
When faced with the rudeness of Mrs Dubose, Scout has to develop in a
way that shows great courage and strength. By the end of the novel,
Scout realizes that courage isn't just sticking up for herself in the school
yard, but it can also be
Respect
She refers to Atticus as 'sir' , she takes his advice on "climbing into a person's skin" and
doesn't beat up Walter Cunningham again. She respects Boo Radley and doesn't want to take
part in the Boo Radley games. When Boo comes to her house in the last part of the book,
Scout treats him as she would anyone else. Instead of fearinf Boo, she shows love and
kindness towards him~ "You'd like to say good night to Jem wouldn't you Mr Arthur? Come
right in!"
Scout learns throughout the book that respect is really
important especially to those who you don't know
much about.
Equality
"I think there's just one kind of
folks. Folks." (Page 247)
After the trial of Tom Robinson, Scout learns that Maycomb
isn't the fair and happy place she thought it was. She realizes
that not everyone is treated with the same equality and/or
respect.
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