Scout's Journey in "To Kill a Mockingbird" Book Review by Nicky

Scout's Journey in "To Kill a Mockingbird"
A look at how Scout Finch developed empathy in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird."
# 148827 | 773 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 07, 2011 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (Racism)

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This paper analyzes the development of the protagonist and narrator, Scout Finch, in Harper Lee's famous novel about racial prejudice in the South, "To Kill a Mockingbird." The paper contrasts Scout at the beginning of the book, when she was a normal, selfish six year old, to the strong young woman she was becoming at the end of the novel. In particular, the paper shows how Scout stood up to a mob about to lynch a black man, and shamed them for what they were attempting to do. According to the paper, Scout begins to see beyond her childish prejudices and understand how live is from other people's perspectives. Scout not only confronts racial prejudice but also learns to defend those weaker than herself, such as Boo Radley, a neighbor suffering from mental illness. The paper concludes by stating that by the end of the novel, Scout dynamically changes the nature of her behavior as a result of finally breaking through her selfish ways and seeing life from another's perspective.

From the Paper:

"The novel was written by Harper Lee in 1960 and reflects racial tensions within the South in the era of the Great Depression. The narrator of the story is Scout Finch, the daughter of Atticus Finch who is represented as the archetypical lawyer who remains unbiased against the case despite the major racial prejudices in place in the South during the time. Atticus represents the honor of true justice, and despite what he knows will plague his family for defending an African American, he knows he must do what is right. The story itself deals with a horrible story of an alleged rape of a white girl and racial inequality which blames the African American man charged with assaulting her. Atticus is assigned to defend the African-American Tom Robinson who had been accused of raping a young white woman in the community. This causes Scout and her brother to receive much insult based on their father for defending an African American accused of one of the most volatile crimes in the racist South, "Hey Scout--how come your daddy defends niggers? Scout's daddy defends nig...gers!" "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Dramatic Publishing. 1970.

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