To Kill A Mockingbird Character Analysis

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‘Jem and I would get grown but there wasn’t much else left for us to learn’ (page 308). Every person must become an adult at some point in their life. People must mature into adults. Sometimes the most unexpected events that happen in people’s lives are during their childhood and it impacts them for the rest of their lives. In Harper Lee’s bildungsroman, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, Lee skillfully paints a detailed picture of growing up in a small Southern town during the depression. It illustrates the dark side of human nature as well as the highlights, all that is good and moral. Jem and Scout have to mature quickly to cope and understand the world around them where racism is normal and everywhere.

Scout plays a significant role of the narrator and the protagonist of the story. Born as Jean Louise Finch, an anti-thesis of her time, she is expected to ‘be in a dress and camisole’ (page 112) but her curiosity and scouting nature earns her the nickname, ‘Scout’. Scout is depicted to be ahead of her time and have the qualities of today’s day and age, she lacks ignorance and racial hate as compared with her town filled of ‘hypocrites’. Scout is also perceived to be intelligent than her age as she has ‘been reading ever since she was born’ (page 7). This hyperbole reinforces Scout’s unique quality and the extend of her intelligence. However, many people oppose her unique character and criticised her as she is not what society expects her to be. Her teacher, Miss Caroline instead of

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