What Is Scout's Immaturity In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Nathaniel Lemons December 14, 2012 To Kill A Mockingbird Composition In the first half of the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout is a six-year-old girl. Most six-year-old girls are very gullible, get scared easily, and are very curious. While Scout is all of these things, she is also very wise and excels in reading at school. These qualities show her aspects of maturity and immaturity. Even though Scout is immature and shows the qualities of a six-year-old, she also shows that she can be mature in her motivation to learn about the world around her. Throughout most of the first half of the novel, Scout shows many aspects of immaturity, including gullibility. When the mad dog, Tim Johnson, is running wild on the Finches’…show more content…
She frequently acts like a typical six-year-old throughout the first half of the novel. When Scout sees snow for the first time, she reacts like a child. She says, “The world’s endin’, Atticus! Please do something” (64). Scout has never seen snow before, and when she does, she is afraid. Many six-year-olds see something for the first time and are immediately scared of it. Another example of Scout’s immaturity happens on the first day of school when Scout has Walter Cunningham over for lunch. Scout explains, “Walter poured syrup on his vegetables and meat with a generous hand. He would probably have poured it into his milk glass had I not asked what the sam hill he was doing” (24). After Walter drenched his food in syrup, Cal pulled Scout into the kitchen and scolded her for yelling at Walter. Cal explained that Scout should be polite to guests even if they use a lot of syrup because not everyone eats the same way as the Finches. Like many six-year-olds, Scout is ignorant and thinks that the way she, or her family, does something is the only way to do it. Her ignorance and fear show her immaturity, but are typical for a…show more content…
When Scout and Jem get air rifles for Christmas, Atticus tells them that they could shoot birds, but not mockingbirds, because it was a sin to kill them. Perplexed by this, Scout says, “That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it” (90). When Scout gets curious about something, she asks an adult in her life questions until she finds the answer. Another example happens when Cecil Jacobs calls Atticus a “nigger-lover” and Scout asks Atticus about it: “Then why did Cecil say you defend niggers? He made it sound like were runnin’ a still” (75). Scout was curious why it was a problem if Atticus was defending an African American. She wants to find out the truth behind the things happening around her, which shows maturity. In the first half of the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout shows the immaturity of a six-year-old, but she also shows a lot of maturity because of her desire to learn. Like a typical six-year-old, she believes everything she hears, she is scared easily, and lastly she is ignorant about a lot of things. However, Scout is not a typical six-year-old because of her desire to learn. She asks many questions until she finds answers. Scout ends up being wiser than the average six-year-old because of her motivation to learn about the world around
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