Character

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Character by Mind Map: Character

1. BELIEFS & vALUES

1.1. In Family and how you need to fight for it

1.1.1. After my bout with Cecil Jacobs when I committed myself to a policy of cowardice, word got around that Scout Finch wouldn't fight any more, her daddy wouldn't let her. This was not entirely correct: I wouldn't fight publicly for Atticus, but the family was private ground. I would fight anyone from a third cousin upwards tooth and nail. Francis Hancock, for example, knew that. - Page 97

1.1.1.1. Although this doesn't seem like much, it actually highlights a strong belief that Scout has - she believes in her father. The quote itself mentions that she wouldn't fight publicly 'for Atticus'. She believes in honour and she believes in getting it from anybody. She is actually rather honour bond, in a way, and won't let anybody stand in her way when somebody insults her or somebody she loves (even if she is embarrassed of them).

1.2. Belief

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1.3. Value

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1.4. Value

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2. ACTS LIKE

2.1. Independent

2.1.1. "'Teach me?' I said in surprise. 'He hasn't taught me anything, Miss Caroline. Atticus ain't got time to teach me anything,' I added, when Miss Caroline smiled and shook her head. 'Why, he's so tired at night he just sits in the living room and reads.' 'If he didn't teach you, who did?' Miss Caroline asked good-naturedly. 'Somebody did. You weren't born reading *The Mobile Register*.' 'Jem says I was...'" - Page 18

2.1.1.1. This shows us that Scout is independent. She doesn't need somebody to teach her something in order to learn it - she pretty much taught herself to read with minimal help. This is not only impressive, but highly independent. She doesn't need to be babied and won't have it at all. Even the way she is arguing against Miss Caroline shows her confusion about why Atticus needs to stop teaching her, as that is the context of the quote.

2.2. Tomboyish

2.2.1. "Catching Walter Cunningham in the school yard gave me some pleasure, but when I was rubbing his nose in the dirt Jem came by and told me to stop." - Page 24

2.2.1.1. In the time that TKaM is set, a girl doing this would be almost unheard of. It was not normal for a young girl to be so violent and ready to get dirty and not be afaid to take on a boy or get in a fight.

2.3. Intelligent

2.3.1. "I mumbled that I was sorry and retried meditating upon my crime. I never deliberately learned to read, but somehow I had been wallowing illicitly in the daily papers. In the long hours of church - was it then I learned? I could not remember not being able to read hymns. Now that I was compelled to think about it, reading was something that just came to me."

2.3.1.1. Teaching yourself to read is not an easy feat. It's highly intelligent. Scout, being only in first grade and being able to read at such a high level, is incredibly impressive. She doesn't really know when she learnt the skill, which just shows how long she's know it.

3. MOTIVATED BY

3.1. Curiosity

3.1.1. Her curiosity doesn't really need a quote, but instead is shown throughout the whole novel.

3.1.1.1. Scout and her curiosity is such a big character trait and motivation and seriously don't know where to start. Without it, there would be no story - she's curious about everything and everyone and she wants to know everything. A great example would be Boo Radley in this case.

3.2. Emotion

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3.3. Emotion

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4. HOW OTHERS SEE HIM OR HER...

4.1. Something that need's improving

4.1.1. Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn't supposed to be doing things that required pants. Aunt Alexandra's vision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets, and wearing the Add-A-Pearl necklace she gave me when I was born; furthermore, I should be a ray of sunshine in my father's lonely life. - Page 88

4.1.1.1. Auntie A views Scout as a young girl who doesn't know what to do with her life. She views Scout as somebody who needs to be improved or altered to fit in a certain mould that has been created for her - she wants Scout to be a lady, even though it is clear that, at this time, she is not. They view her as something that needs to be fixed.

4.2. Quality

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4.3. Quality

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5. LOOKS LIKE

5.1. Scout has bangs

5.1.1. "Jem looked from the girl-doll to me. The girl-doll wore bangs. So did I." - Page 65

5.1.1.1. This is one of the few quotes that explain at least a little bit about how Scout looks. Scout and her brother, Jem, find two dolls that look and it is mentioned that the girl doll has bangs.

5.2. Scout is tall (or at least big)

5.2.1. "Catching Walter Cunningham in the school yard gave me some pleasure, but when I was rubbing his nose in the dirt Jem came by and told me to stop. 'You're bigger'n he is', he said." - Page 24

5.2.1.1. Again, one of the few things that gives any sort of hint to what scout looks like. She is, at least in comparison to Walter Cunningham, large (probably in height). Chances are, she's a tall girl.

5.3. Quality

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6. TEXTUAL ISSUES OR CONCERNS LINKED TO THIS CHARACTER

6.1. Hypocrisy

6.1.1. Over here we don't believe in persecuting anybody. Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced. Prejudice," she enunciated carefully. "There are no better people in the world than the Jews, and why Hitler doesn't think so is a mystery to me."

6.1.1.1. This quote needs context to make sense. Scout is concerned that people don't see the hypocrisy in peoples statements - in this case, Ms Gates - concerning prejudice. Jew's are seen to have been prejudiced against, while blacks are still classified as evil.

6.2. Concern

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6.3. Concern

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6.4. Concern

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7. Atticus

7.1. Atticus is Scout's father in the Novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird', and her connection to her father is rather interesting. The book, having meant to have been written by Scout when she was older, does have an undertone of much love and affection for the man. Scout, throughout the whole book, makes him out to be somebody who she is glad to have in her life. It's a rather interesting standpoint as the Scout in the actual story has a much more juvenile standpoint on the whole topic. I also believe that Atticus and Scout certainly do share some important character traits - it's blazingly obvious as to where Scout got her curiosity and sense of justice from.

8. Jem

8.1. Jem and Scout have an interesting, highly 'classic' sibling relationship throughout the whole story. Jem is actually quite a dilemma - it is clear that Scout loves her brother very dearly but their relationship is also slightly tarnished by their fights. Jem also loves his sister, but can easily loose his cool (and, as seen a few times in the novel) actually make some pretty hurtful, often sexist, comments. Both Jem and Scout share similar traits when it comes to personality, but I find that, although Scout is often shown as 'the fighter' or the person who gets into fights with other kids, Jem shares this trait in a much less confined way.

9. Calpurnia

9.1. Calpurnia is a character in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' that certainly gives us, and Scout, a unique perspective. It is highly hinted in the novel that Calpurnia views Scout as a sort of pseudo-daughter. Scout, as in the character and not the writer, views her as annoyingly overbearing and, well, just plain annoying (but she does show a grudging recpect for the women). This relationship is increasingly odd when you realise that Calpurnia is African American. At this time, whites and blacks were viewed as highly different social classes and the closeness of the Finch's (Including Scout) would have been viewed as odd. The Scout that is writing the novel on the other hand has certainly grown up from childish thoughts and seems to really quite appreciate Calpurnia though out the story.