Scout Finch

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Scout Finch by Mind Map: Scout Finch


1.1. Attire

1.1.1. 'Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possible 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. pg. 88 This quote is in the "How others see Scout" but it can also be put in this section, as it tells us a bit about what Scout looks like. It tells us what she wears, but it also tells us what she should be wearing and doing.

1.2. Tomboy

1.2.1. She left it at that. She bought me something to put on, and had I thought about ut then, I would never have let her forget it: in her distraction, Aunty brought me my overalls. 'Put these on, darling,' she said, handing me the garments she most despised. Pg. 287 This quote tells us that Scout is a tomboy. And that she will always prefer overalls over a dress anyway. This quote also shows us that in this moment Aunt Alexandra really sees Scout as a vulnerable little girl, and she really sees that she is just a young kid. She doesn't try to push being a lady on her, and really sees her as a young girl that isn't ready to go into the adult society.


2.1. Always give back

2.1.1. We came to the street light on the corner, and I wondered how many times Dill had stood there hugging that fat pole, watching, waiting, hoping. I wondered how many times Jem and I had made this journey, but I entered the Radley front gate for the second time in my life. Boo and I walked up the steps to the porch. His fingers found the door knob. He gently released my hand, opened the door, went inside, and shut the door behind him. I never saw him again. Neighbours bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in-between. Boo was our neighbour. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennnies, and our lives. But neighbours give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing and it made me sad. Pg. 304-305 I think this quote really shows us that Scout has grown up, and though she may have believed in the beginning that Boo was some scary man, who had done many bad things, I think deep down that she didn't actually believe these things, that she knew he was good somehow. I think Scout has a way of seeing the good in everyone, even if no one else can. This also tells us that she believes that when people give you something, you should give something back in return, even if you have no idea who was giving you the gifts. This tells us that Scout believes in everyone, and that she sees that everyone has good in them.

2.2. Family

2.2.1. 'You can just take that back, boy!' This order, given by me to Cecil Jacobs, was the beginning of a rather thin time for Jem and me. My fists were clenched and I was ready to let fly. Atticus had promised me he would wear me out if he ever heard of me fighting any more; I was far too old and too big for such childish things, and the sooner I learned to hold in, the better off everybody would be. I soon forgot. Cecil Jacobs made me forget. He had announced in the school yard the day before that Scout Finch's daddy defended niggers. I denied it, but told Jem. I think this paragraph really shows us that Scout is all about family, and would do anything to protect her family. She is always sticking up for her family, even if what is being told is the truth. Family is a really big theme that occurs in 'to kill a mockingbird', and Scout is all about it. I think Scout believes that family should come first, no matter what.

2.3. Everyone has good in them

2.3.1. 'Hey, Mr. Cunningham.' - 'I go to school with Walter,' I began again. 'He's your boy, ain't he? Ain't he, sir?' Mr. Cunningham was moved to a faint nod. He did know me, after all. Pg. 167 'Well, Atticus, I was just sayin' to Mr. Cunningham that entailments are bad an' all that, but you said not to worry, it takes a long time sometimes.... that you all'd ride it out together...' - Atticus said nothing. I looked around and up to Mr. Cunningham, whose face was eqully impassive. Then he did a peculiar thing. He squatted down and took me by both shoulders. 'I'll tell him you said hey, little lady.' he said. Then he straighter up and waved a big paw. 'Let's clear out,' he called. 'Let's get going, boys.' Pg. 168 This quote I think really shows us that Scout believes there is good in everyone, and even if people are/have done the wrong thing, there is still something good in them, and sometimes they just need to be reminded. Scout really pushes Mr. Cunningham and it shows that Scout isn't going to give up a fight, even if it isn't physical. If she believes she can win it, she will keep going and keep pushing.


3.1. Miss. Caroline

3.1.1. Miss Caroline apparently thought I was lying. "Let's not let our imaginations run away with us dear" she said. Pg. 18 This quote shows us that Miss. Caroline hasn't taken the time to get to know Scout, and is disregarding her as a liar. It can also show us that Miss. Caroline speaks to Scout as though she is very young and won't understand adult talk.

3.2. Aunt Alexandra

3.2.1. 'Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possible 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. pg. 88 This quote is telling us that Aunt Alexandra thought Scout was too much of a tom boy, and needed to act and look more like a lady.

3.3. Mr. Tate

3.3.1. 'Scout is eight years old,' he said. 'She was too scared to know exactly what went on.' 'You'd be surprised,' Atticus said grimly. 'I'm not sayin' she made it up, I'm sayin' she was too scared to know exactly what happened. It was mighty dark out there, black as ink. This quote is telling us that Scout may look young, but she really is quite bright, and can understand many adult things, that people think children wouldn't normally understand.


4.1. Tomboy

4.1.1. 'Scout, I'm telling you for the last time, shut your trap or go home - I declare to the Lord you're gettin' more like a girl every day !' With that, I had no option but to join them. pg. 56-57 This quote is said by Jem, and it tells us that he believes that Scout acts/is a tomboy. It tells us by using the line "you're gettin' more like a girl every day' it is an insult to Scout, as she doesn't want to be a girl who wears dresses and has tea parties. This quote could also go under how others see her as Jem sees her becoming a girl more and more everyday.

4.2. Dislike towards learning

4.2.1. School started. The second grade was as bad as the first only worse - they still flashed cards at you and wouldn't let you read or write pg 63 This quote tells us Scout didn't like school, and she felt like she wasn't learning anything that could help her. She felt as though she was getting treated as a baby.

4.3. Fighter

4.3.1. Catching Walter Cunningham in the school yard gave me some pleasure, but when I was rubbing his nose in dirt Jem came by and told me to stop. Pg. 24 This quote shows us that Scout is a tomboy and a fighter. Scout ever backs down from a fight, whether it be physical or verbal. It shows us that she acts like a fighter in her everyday life whether she be arguing or attacking.


5.1. Loyalty

5.1.1. “Atticus so rarely asked Jem and me to do something for him, I could take being called a coward for him.” pg. 83 This shows us that Atticus motivates Scout to do the right thing, but it especially shows us that when Atticus asks Scout to do something she is determined not to let him down, and to do the right thing.

5.2. Dill

5.2.1. "With him, life was routine, without him, life was unbearable. i stayed miserable for two days." pg. 126 This quote is based Dill. It tells us that Scout is quite motivated by Dill and that when he wasn't around she didn't want to do anything, as Dill made life exciting and was always ready for an adventure.

5.3. Anger

5.3.1. 'You may not.' Aunt Alexandra has said it. I wheeled around, startles, then turned back to Atticus to in time to get a swift glance at her, but it was too late. I said: 'I didn't ask you!' For a big man, Atticus could get up and down from a chair faster than anyone I ever knew. He was on his feet. 'Apologize to your Aunt,' he said. 'I didn't ask her, I asked you-' Atticus turned his head and pinned me to the wall with his good eye. HIs voice was deadly: 'First, apologise to your aunt.' 'I'm sorry Aunty,' I muttered. 'Now then,' he said. 'Let's make this clear, 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. Understand? Pg. 148 I think this quote shows that Scout is motivated by Aunt Alexandra in the sense that she always goes against Aunt Alexandra's words, and never wants to do what she says. She is motivated to do the opposite thing with Aunt Alexandra. But what this quote also shows is that Scout is motivated by Atticuus, as she always does what he says, and is always trying to please him.


6.1. Racism: White over Black

6.1.1. I shut my eyes. Judge Taylor was polling the jury: 'Guilty...guilty...guilty...guilty...' Pg. 230 Racism is a big issue in this book. This quote concerns Scout as her eyes are opened to how unfair the system is to black people. All the evidence gathered clearly shows that Tom was innocent, yet here he is being charged as guilty. Scout is growing up with this issue, and this case really opens her eyes to what the world is really like, and how unfair it is.

6.2. Growing Up

6.2.1. When I pointed to him his palms slipped slightly, leaving greasy sweat streaks on the wall, and he hooked his thumbs in his belt. A strange small spoasm shook him, as if he heard fingernails scrape slate, but as I gazed at him in wonder the tension slowly drained from his face. His lips parted into a timid smile, and our neighbour's image blurred with my sudden tears. 'Hey, Boo,' I said. Pg. 294-295 Maycomb is a gossipy town, and because of that many stories can get out of control. Also because of this, the truth can sometimes get lost in all of the rumours. This affects Scout as she always here's these outrageous rumours about Boo, but when she finally meets him she sees that his nothing more than a normal person, whose has been shunned by society. She learns that sometimes what you hear isn't always true. And this is another thing that occurs when she is growing up, and that opens her eyes to the world.

6.3. Women Society

6.3.1. Miss. Maudie's gold bridgework twinkled. 'You're mighty dressed up, Miss Jean Louise.' she said. 'Where are your brtitches today?' 'Under my dress.' I hadn't meant for it to be funny, but the ladies laughed. Pg. 250 Scout is definitely not a lady, and during this scene in the book we see that she definitely doesn't want to be one. But the time that she is growing up in expects her to be a lady. But I think that Scout is going to be one of the first girls to break the lady tradition, and show the world that girls don't have to be housewives but that they can be adventurous, and can go out and work and live. Scout grows up in a time that expects a girl to be a lady, and Scout has to deal with the issues of trying to find herself but also do what the society needs her to be.