22 December 2015
Scout’s Development Essay
In the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” Jean Louise Finch or better known as Scout develops over the course of the book, her development is paralleled by her view and opinion on Boo Radley. Throughout the book she changes her views on Boo from an unsightly monster to a kindhearted gentle man. While scout starts to understand Boo over the course of the book, her maturity also develops and she starts growing into an adult.
In the very beginning of the book when Scout and Jem first meet dill, Scout says this to Dill about the Radley residence, “Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom. People said he existed, but Jem and I had never seen him” (Lee 7.) As the quote shows Scout views Boo Radley as a monster who has no care for anyone. At this point in the book Scout is six years old. When ...view middle of the document...
During the summer Dill returns to Maycomb to see Jem and Scout. One of the main things they do in the summer is play the “Boo Radley game”. Not very soon into the summer they start to find things in a tree in front of the Radley house, they do not for one second suspect it is Boo. Although they do not lose interest in Boo, Scout asks Miss Maudie about hie and Jem tries to send him a note. After a lot of build up in curiosity Scout, Jem and Dill finally decide to look through the Radley’s window. This action shows that they are not as afraid of Boo Radley as they were at the beginning of the book. Over this summer Scout and Miss Maudie become friends, Scout also writes a letter to the tree gift giver. Scout also becomes concerned that Jem is becoming more distant from her. To figure out why she asks Atticus and his response best describes the situation, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view” (Lee 30.) The way that scout handles this situation shows how she his maturing rapidly.
At the very end of the book Bob Ewell attacks Jem and Scout while they are walking home from the play. He throws Jem to the ground and Scout has her ham costume on so she cannot see who it is, then out of nowhere someone comes in and saves them from their assailant. A quote that shows the surprised feeling that Jem and Scout share when they find out it was Boo Radley that saved them is, “It is Boo Radley who steps outside the comfort zone his home to save Jem and Scout, revealing himself to be quite the opposite if the monster the children had imagined” (Miller, 2010, p. 194.)
After the events mentioned in the quote take place scout fully understands that Boo Radley is not out to hurt anyone and is just a nice gentle man, who was misunderstood. This is also the peak of her maturity in the book.
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1960. Print.
Miller, Lisa Detweiler. "Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird Essays." Google Books. Ed. Michael J. Meyer. Scarecrow Press, 14 Oct. 2010. Web. 22 Dec. 2015