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Scout As A Dynamic Character

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Kevin Cuddy

on 29 January 2013

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By: Kevin Cuddy Scout Finch: Dynamic Character Introduction In the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird", Scout Finch is an example of the many dynamic characters displayed in the story. A dynamic character is a character who goes through a change through out the story. This changes the character for the rest of the story. It is easy to see Scout's change in the story because the novel is split up into two parts. In part 1 Scout is very immature and and not very aware about the real world. In part 2, she matures alot and comes to realize that there are many injustices in the world she lives in. Scout lives with her father Atticus, brother Jem, and their cook Calpurnia. In the beginning of the story, Scout is really unaware of all the injustices that occur in the world she lives in. She begins the book as a naoive child. When Scout is encountered by a Cecil Jacobs at school who says Atticus "defends n------", she is aware of what her father is doing, but doesn't realize not everyone agrees with her families stance. Then, she goes home and asks Atticus "Do you defend n------, Atticus" (Lee, 99). This quote shows the readers that Scout is still naive and picks up what she hears at school and believes it. Her opinions in the first part don't really have much impact on people because she is young and naive. Another example of Scout's innocence is when she says " 'Atticus, are we going to win it?'" (Lee, 101). This shows that Scout is still innocent before the trial. She is living in a time where racism is very popular and common. Anyone who is mature and has already had a fall from innocence would know that there is no chance that Atticus could win this trial. He was going in front of an all white jury trying to say that a black man didn't actually rape a white woman, like he was previously said to have done. All the evidence in the world wouldn't be able to help Atticus win this case, not in this time frame. But, Scout is to young and innocent to realize that. Scout in the Beginning In the second part of "To Kill A Mockingbird", we see an entirely new side of Scout. She has matured and finally sees that the world she lives in is corrupt and can be very cruel, especially towards a person of color. Scout's main fall from innocence comes during Tom Robinson's trial. She realizes, based on the evidence presented by her father, and Tom Robinson's lawyer, Atticus, that Tom Robinson clearly did not rape Mayella Ewell. But, she realizes that life is not fair for some people, and not everyone gets a fair shake. "Naw, Jem, I thinks there's one kind of folks. Folks." (Lee, 227). This quote shows that s/cout is maturing and seeing that not everythong in the world is nice. People are people, and they make their decisions based on how they feel. In this time period, unfortunately most people were racist, so colored people really didn't have any rights. This quote represents Scout's fall from innocence well because she matures in knowing that no matter what, if people feel strongly about something, right or wrong, they cannot be swayed. Scout In Part 2 Throughout the book, "To Kill A Mockingbird", we as readers can see that Scout Finch undergoes a major change. Scout starts out as a young, innocent girl. But in part two, she transforms into a mature young adult. This is where she realizes that people can be cruel to other humans, just based on how they look or if they are different. Scout has her major fall from inncence at Tom Robinson's trial, where Atticus shows lots of solid evidence defending Tom, but he is still conivcted. That is the moment Scout sees that there is lots of injustice in the world she lives in. Conclusion
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