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“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we
are challenged to change ourselves.”-Viktor Frankl. In the book To Kill a
Mockingbird, we see Scout changing and growing up through situations she
experiences. Most of these situations are caused by their surroundings in
Maycomb, Alabama. Scout and Jem’s father, Atticus, is a lawyer who is assigned
to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape. As a result, Scout
attending the trial and many other experiences in the book shapes her greatly,
both personality-wise and through her perspective of the world. Throughout To
Kill a Mockingbird, we see Scout overcome
her own flaws and become more mature due to dealing with her own ignorance, her
violent tendencies, and her understanding of women’s roles.

One of the recurring themes that helps Scout mature is
overcoming ignorance. Scout is ignorant because she doesn’t think about how her
actions affect others. First, Scout felt like she had to join Jem and Dill in
going to the Radley house. After Jem insults her, she thinks, “With that, I had
no option to join them,” (52). As a result of feeling the need join Jem and
Dill, the kids wake up Nathan Radley and he starts to shoot. Scout fell for Jem’s
insult and act upon it, not thinking about how that would affect the Radley
family. However, the older Scout gets the more she is less ignorant to the
Radley house. As Scout starts third grade, she thinks to herself and ponders,
“I sometimes felt a twinge of remorse, when passing by the old place, at ever
having taken part in what must have been sheer torment to Arthur Radley,” (242).
Scout ponders about her wrongful actions towards Arthur and matures by looking
at what she did to him in a developed manner. Overall, Scout becoming less
ignorant towards Boo Radley helped her treat strangers better, and in turn, she

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Another recurring theme that helps Scout mature is
applying her lessons to her own violent tendencies. Near the beginning of the
book, Scout’s violent tendencies are shown through Walter Cunningham. Chapter 3
starts with, “Catching Walter Cunningham in the schoolyard gave me some
pleasure, but when I was rubbing his nose in the dirt Jem came by and told me
to stop,” (22). Scout beating up Walter Cunningham actually satisfied her. This
shows that Scout acts more physically than mentally. Subsequently, Atticus
begins to guide her in a different direction. Once word spreads that Atticus is
defending a black man, Cecil Jacobs begins to talk Atticus down. Scout wants to
fight Cecil Jacobs for this, but Atticus says, “‘Try fighting with your head
for a change…it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning,'” (76). By Scout’s
father teaching her this, Scout wants to follow through with what Atticus
taught her and causes her to mature by dropping her fists and walking away from
Cecil Jacobs. Generally speaking, becoming less violent and impulsive helps her
mature see through people’s perspectives.

Lastly, Scout learning more about the role of women
helps her overcome stubbornness and mature. Scout has been continually told to
do as Aunt Alexandra says, yet Scout finds this difficult because her and Aunt
Alexandra have opposing views. For example, Scout is more of a tomboy, thus
Aunt Alexandra said, “that one had to behave like a sunbeam, that I Scout was
born good but grown progressively worse every year. She hurt my feelings…,”
(81). This shows that even before Aunt Alexandra moves in, there was tension
between them beforehand about how Scout is supposed to act. In addition, the
tensions rise once Aunt Alexandra temporarily lives with the Finch family.

When Aunt Alexandra stays with the Finch family in
Maycomb, Scout finds it hard to obey her. When Scout talks back to Aunt
Alexandra, Atticus says to her, “‘You do as Calpurnia tells you, you do as I
tell you, and as long as your aunt’s in this house, you will do as she tells
you,'” (136). Although Scout and Aunt Alexandra have opposing views, she has been
continually told to do as Aunt Alexandra says. Near the end of the book, we see
these women working together harmoniously when Aunt Alexandra invited her
missionary circle to the house. As Scout brings the refreshments in, she
narrates, “My journey was successful: Aunt Alexandra smiled brilliantly,”
(229). This is a huge improvement in both Scout becoming more ladylike and her
relationship with Aunt Alexandra. As a result of improving Scout’s relationship
with Aunt Alexandra as well as understanding the role of women, she overcomes
her stubbornness and becomes less childish.

Scout overcoming her own flaws and becoming mature by
interacting with her own ignorance, her violent tendencies, her understanding
of women’s roles can be found all throughout To Kill a Mockingbird. Many
of her earlier experiences, such as breaking into the Radley House, fighting
Walter Cunningham, and her opposing views with Aunt Alexandra show Scout being
violent, stubborn, and impulsive. However, she continually changes throughout
the book through lessons and directions taught by Atticus as well as a change
of perspective. Consequently, Scout becomes less ignorant, acts less violently,
and has a better comprehension of the role of women. Through Scout, we can all
try to take action by applying our lessons taught by our parents, as well as
being more mature.