Scout and Her Character Development in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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“ low I could not have heard it from the sidewalk. Someone inside the house was laughing.”(46) At the beginning of To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout is terrified of the Radley Place because she is not brave. She hears someone laughing while she is in the Radley Place after her brother Jem rolled her in a tire their. Through more experiences, Scout becomes caring and brave. At the beginning of the book Scout is not very caring or brave. She is not caring because she does not think about others feelings and how they would feel if she carried out her actions a certain way. For example, the first summer Dill comes to visit she asks about his father, “...'I haven’t got one.' ‘Is he dead?’ ‘No. . .’ ‘Then if he’s not dead, you've got one haven’t you?’ Dill blushed...” (8) Scout is not being caring because she is not thinking about Dill’s feelings and how awkward it feels for him when she asks about his father. After Dill says no, it is obvious that the conversation is taking a turn in the wrong direction and once Dill blushes, it is obvious that he is embarrassed. Also, Scout is not very brave at the beginning of the book because she is scared of something that she has no reason to be scared of. For example, when they were rolling tires and Jem pushed her into the Radley yard, “ I raised my head and stared at the Radley Place steps in front of me. I froze.” (42) Scout is not being brave because she is scared that she is in the Radley Place even though she is scared of something
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