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Scouting for Maturity in To Kill a Mockingbird
Transcript of Scouting for Maturity in To Kill a Mockingbird
Scout's first time walking away from a fight.
" I drew a bead on him, remembered what Atticus had said, then dropped my fists and walked away... It was the first time I ever walked away from a fight" (102).
Scout walks away from a fight
"As Atticus had once advised me to do, i tried to climb into Jem's skin and walk around in it" (77).
To Kill a Mockingbird
"Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corn-crib, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" ( 119)
Atticus Corrects Scout
"Do you defend niggers, Atticus?... Of course I do. Dont say nigger, Scout. Thats common" (99).
Who is Scout?
The young narrator in
To Kill a Mockingbird
is Jean Louise, who goes by the nickname Scout; she comes from a small town in Maycomb, Alabama and it takes place in the 1930s. The story presents two Scouts: the little girl experiencing the story and the adult Jean Louise who tells the story. She is raised by her father Atticus who is very political. In the beginning of the story Scout is a curious five year old who asks mindless questions but it's acceptable because she is a child. She does not quite understand the situations around her yet but as the story goes along her mindless questions make an impact in her life. Although the story takes place over the course of three years, Scout learns a lifetime's worth of lessons which makes her become mature. The story is made up of the events that are caused by Atticus' case, without those events Scout would not be the mature women she is today.
By: Karol Danielle
Zavala & Padilla
This picture depicts a man and woman against racism. In the story, Scout had an argument with Cecil. The kids at school often call people from the black community "niggers" but as we know, Atticus stands up for the black community. So he tried to teach Scout that calling people from the black community different names is not right.
This picture shows a boy thinking about a career and what it is like to be in someone else's shoes. Scout is trying to understand what its like in his skin so she can understand why he has been behaving like that.
Lately Scout has been trying to understand more. She knows that Atticus' case is going to effect her life and many others. When she notices Jem has been moody for a while she just tries to be more understanding. She explains how Atticus had once advised her to walk around in someones skin before you judge them. This quote by Atticus has made an impact in Scouts life because she did not just use it with but also with Boo Radley and Mrs. Dubose. At first with Jem, Boo Radley and Mrs. Dubose she would judge them and didn't quite understand why they were like that. In the end with all those situations she actually tries climbing into their skin and tries to understand.
When Scout has an argument with the kids at school about her father defending the black community, Atticus as a father has to tell her rights from wrongs. Not only did Attitucs correct the fact that she fought with the school kids, but he also catches her rude mistake when she called a man a "nigger". After Atticus corrected Scout, she never called members of the black community "niggers". Scout then gained more respect for the black community and began to realize that everyone is equal but do not have the same right's as Caucasians. This was a step forward to Scout's maturity.
"I said I would like it very much, which was a lie but one must lie under circumstances and at all times when one cant do anything about them" (171).
This picture shows a child being bullied by other children at a school yard. This photo shows a similar visual of what Scout had gone through at school with Cecil Jacobs. Although she was a fighter before, she decided to listen to her father, he had told her to not fight with her acquaintances. As a child she obeyed her father.
When Scout goes to school, she frequently gets bullied by other children because her father is a lawyer that defends the black community. Previously in the same chapter, Scout asked her father if what her father does for a living was true. Her father said yes. Scout used to fight with the other kids because she cared about her father's reputation. After she told her father about the problems she has a school about this situation, her father advised her to not argue. As an obedient child, she began to walk away from those fights. This quote is another step forward to show Scout beginning to be more mature.
"Atticus had said it was the polite thing to talk to people about what they were in, not about what you were interested in" (205).
This is a visual of a mockingbird singing. Ms. Maudie tells Scout that a mockingbird does no harm, it just sings for people. Many of the readers do not know what the meaning of the mockingbird as well as what the bird looks like.
Mr. Dolphus Raymond
"Some folks dont like the way i live... i try and give them a reason, you see. It helps folks if they can latch onto a reason... they could never understand the way i live like i do because thats the way i want to live."
This picture is a man talking to two kids and how one of them is thinking. This photo is similar to when Dolphus Raymond is talking to Scout and Dill about the Coca-Cola that people think is actually beer. It then gets Scout thinking why he does that, and soon she understands.
In the middle of the case scout and Dill started talking outside to Dolphus Raymond. He is known as a drunk but as Scout described him, he is evil. He gives Dill a Coca -Cola but Scout thinks it is alcohol, Mr. Raymond then tells her he just lets people think it is because they need a reason for why he lives his life the way he does. Since Dolphus Raymond has mixed kids he lets people think he is a drunk so they wont judge him for his life and actions. This quote from Dolphus Raymond impacts Scout because it shows her how Maycomb County is disapproving and has a difficult time grasping concepts like equality. This then makes Scout realize how people are and so she then changes. This quote comes in handy throughout he novel because there is always a reason why people are a certain way they are so Scout understands them.
Scout understands Boo Radley
"If there's just one kind of folks, why can't they get along with each other? if they're all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time... it's because he wants to stay inside."
Scout takes Atticus' Advice
"One time he said you never really know a man until you stood in a man's shoes and walked around them"(374).
This photo shows a visual of a child at a door step. Much like Scout did after she walked Mr Arthur Radley home after the incident happened. Scout began to reflect on her previous mistakes.
This final quote reflects that after Atticus reminded her to walk in other people's shoes, then she will understand why they behave or make certain decisions. Scout admits that she had been listening to her father at the end of it all. She ended up putting herself in Boo's shoes so then she began to realize everything. She believed what her father said, so that was the last step to show us her mature mindset for the future.
This picture shows a little girl and her dad talking and smiling. This photo is similar to when Aunt Alexandra moves in for a while and Atticus ask Scout if Aunt Alexandra can live with them. Scout lies and pretends to be okay with it. She then acts like she understands what Atticus means by Aunt Alexandra should be there as a feminine influence.
After Scout, Jem, and Calpurnia go to Calpurnia's church, they all go back home seeing Aunt Alexandra out on the porch. Scout isn't quite happy when Aunt Alexandra tells her she is staying with them for a while because Scout needs a feminine influence. As a child through Scouts eyes, she does not like this idea because she isn't feminine at all. Scout thinks she wont be liking boys any time soon or even dress differently. When Atticus nicely asks Scout if Aunt Alexandra can stay with them, she doesn't have a chose but to say yes. This quote shows that Scout is trying to act like its okay that Aunt Alexandra is staying with them because there needs to be more influence in the house. By her saying those words, it already shows that shes actually maturing because adults sill have to smile and say yes to things they don't have a choice in. With Aunt Alexandra living there with them is also helping Scout mature because Aunt Alexandra puts dresses on Scout and so she starts getting used to it. Scout wearing dresses can even influence her too because she soon end up liking Dill.
This photo demonstrates a man looking out of a window, much like Boo Radley did throughout the story. Although nobody was aware that he was only watching out for Atticus' children we find out at the end that he did so. This is a example of how Boo Radley might have been while looking out of his window.
This picture shows a man and a women smiling and having a conversation. This picture is similar to the quote because Scout was having a conversation with Mr. Cunningham, but he was showing no interest in the conversation. So she brought up something in her eyes that can give him interest.
As the situation begins to take place, Scout realizes why Boo Radley might have decided to stay in doors throughout the whole story. She analyzed everything that was going on around her neighborhood and all the situations that had happened in the past. She noticed that instead of being part of the problem, he stayed in doors to avoid those types of problems. This is the last step to show that Scout finally did mature. She began to bring everything from the past back up and everything began to add up.
When Scout and Jem go out in the middle of the night to find Atticus, they end up finding him by himself. Then a group of men go up to him, so Scout freaks out and runs to him. Scout doesn't quite know what to do from there so she sees Mr. Cunningham and starts a conversation. Even as a little girl Scout notices that he is not caring much about what she is saying because she is talking about his son, which he has no interest in. She then remembers that Atticus told her to talk about things people are interested in not what shes in. This quote has matured Scout because shes learning from what Atticus says and shes not thinking about what she wants to talk about but what others are interested in. Scout at the same time doesn't know that it is not the right time to have a conversation with someone. She starts a conversation because she knows Atticus isn't happy with her so she tries making things better so at the same time she is maturing. She feels the tension between all the men and Atticus, which makes her want things better by starting a nice conversation with someone.
Scout Tries Making the Situation Better
This quotes is used throughout the book. It means that you shouldn't do any harm to someone or something if they aren't doing anything wrong. This quote makes an impact in Scouts life because it taught her not to do anything wrong to someone who doesn't deserve it. When Atticus and Miss Maudie tells her its a sin to kill a mockingbird, Scout quite does not understand what they mean yet. She understands it in the end when she compares Boo Radley to a mockingbird because he hasn't done anything wrong and putting him out in the public would be wrong. This quote has effected Scout throughout the story because there are more than just one mocking bird in the story. its has made her mature by knowing whats right and wrong, whose innocent and who is not.
Aunt Alexandra Moves in
"To Maycomb, Tom's death was typical. Typical of a nigger to cut and run. Typical of a nigger's mentality to have no plan, no thought for the future, just run blind first chance he saw"(322).
The photo above shows an example of a man thinking about his lie. Much like what Tom might have looked like while he planned to escape from the jail.
This quote helped the reader understand that not only did Scout begin to mature but also showing her stand up for the black community. Not only did she realize how people were treated unequally but she tried to make sense out of why the officers killed Tom instead of just putting him down by shooting his leg. This quote showed a g step towards Scout reaching out for maturity