Scout's Transformation In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To begin with, Scout develops greatly throughout the story by learning her place in society- as a woman. Scout believes from an early age that “being a girl” was something terrible and “wussy”, and “being a boy” was something valuable and brave. Being a girl was less of a matter of what she was born with and more of a matter of how she acted. “I was not so sure, but Jem told me I was being a girl, that girls always imagined things, that's why other people hated them so, and if I started behaving like one I could just go off and find some to play with.” (pg 119) Scout’s train of thought tells us that she was unaware of society’s invisible rules, thought girls were supposed to be hated for being sissy and prudent, and deserved to be shunned…show more content…
Aunt Alexandra petitions for Scout to serve tea time one afternoon, and Scout completes the task accompanied by Calpurnia, dressed in a crisply starched dress that concealed the boyish trousers she treasured so much. Aunt Alexandra graciously invites Scout to come sit and chat with the ladies. Unexpecting of anything of worth in the small talk, Scout hears a conversation, though so civilized and polite, so full of quiet yet powerful courage, so unlike a boy’s honoring bravery. Thier innocent chit chat revealed the towns biased beliefs, and Miss Maudie and Aunt Alexandra hear of something unforgivable and so ironic it was sad in the iconic conversation of the ladies of Maycomb. Scout witnesses the intangible way the pair stand up for what they believed in, not in the way that Scout knew so well, but in a complicated, strange but just as powerful way. Miss Maudie’s courage was most apparent, the way she stood contrary and cold to Miss Merriweather and the others without even raising her voice. Simple gestures like squeezing Scout’s hands and a slightly colder tone said so much. But Aunt Alexandra also showed courage, composing herself after the devastating news of Tom Robinsons’s death and her silent thanks to Miss Maudie when she silenced the ironic and discrimitory women
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