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As people grow in life, they change
and mature. Scout Finch, who is a
six-year-old girl at the beginning of the novel To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, is nine by the end of it.

Little by little throughout
the book, we see as a reader how she learns to control her volatile temper, change
her views on what’s right and what is wrong and just overall mature into a
young lady.

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                In the
early chapters of the book, Scout is a hothead young 6-year-old; with an
explosive temper. An example of this would be when Scout beats up Walter Cunningham, a classmate of hers, for “not
having his lunch.”

“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. ‘You’re bigger’n
he is,’ he said.

‘He’s
as old as you, nearly,’ I said. ‘He made me start off on the wrong foot.’ ‘Let
him go Scout. Why?’ ‘He didn’t have any lunch,’ I said, and explained my
involvement in Walter’s dietary affairs.” (Scout to Jem. Lee, 25) Something we
see that proves her improvement of temper control is when Scout is ready to
fight Cecil Jacobs for what he says; at the beginning of chapter 9. Cecil
Jacobs announces to the schoolyard that “Scout Finch’s daddy defended ni****s.”
When hearing this Scout clenches her fist and tells him to take it back. Although
it is not directly written or stated as to whether or not Scout actually hit
him, it is implied she is ready to do so. Later that night, Scout has a
conversation with Atticus about Cecil’s comments. Atticus then explains to her
that he is defending a black man named Tom Robinson, who was accused of rape.
He encourages her to control her anger and to keep her fists down. However, the
next day, Cecil refuses to take back his comments and says “My folks said your
daddy was a disgrace an’ that ni**** oughta hang from the water tank!” Despite
Cecil’s hateful comments, Scout manages to maintain her composure and walks away.
(Lee, 85-88) This shows that she is maturing and listening to what her father,
Atticus has to say.

                The way Scout views people of color is
defiantly a sign of her maturing. When she sees how Tom Robbinson is treated
just because he is black, she begins to understand all the racism and judgment
in Maycomb County. She is quick to realize that some people, in her community
would commit murder just because of the color of somebody else’s skin. This is
a sign of maturity as she has to understand all of the controversy in Maycomb
with white people thinking they are better than someone who is black. Scout
disagrees with this and believes that everybody should be treated equally and
with the same amount of respect. How Scout changes her feels about Boo Radley
at the end of the book is also a big sign of her maturing. In the beginning,
she and Jem are both afraid of Boo and think he is some kind of monster. Later
in the book they come to realize that he is a very kind and peaceful man who
wouldn’t hurt a fly.   An example of that
would be when he saved the children and brought them home safely after they
were attacked by Bob Ewell. One of the most noticeable signs of Scout maturing
is also in this part of the novel, when she gathered enough courage to stand alongside
Boo on the Radley porch.

“I
wondered how many times Jem and I made this journey, but I entered the Radley
front gate for the second time in my life. Boo and I walked up to the steps to
the porch. His fingers found the front doorknob. He gently released my hand,
opened the door, went inside, and shut the door behind him. I never saw him
again.” (Scout. Lee, 320)

               From the beginning of the book we notice right
away Scout is not your average 1930’s girl. Her mother died when she was very
young, therefore she hasn’t had anyone to teach her how to become a proper
young lady. But when Aunt Alexandra comes into the picture, we see right away
that Scout does not like her. From her criticizing the way Scout dresses, to how
Atticus raises his children and the things that Calpurnia does. Her judgmental
attitude doesn’t help ether too.  As we
keep reading, we see how Scout and Aunt Alexandra begin to see each other in
new lights. Scout spending more time with her and seeing what it’s really like
to have a motherly figure in her life. Both Jem and Scout starting opening up
to her more and trusting her, even Aunt Alexandra becoming more attached to the
children and being less strict and more relaxed. Towards the end of the book
Aunt Alexandra truly loves Jem and Scout, especially when the threat of Bob Ewell
become real; Aunt Alexandra is really concerned for their safety. She goes as
far as handing Scout a pair of overalls to wear. “She left it at that. She
brought me something to put on, and had I thought about it then, I would never
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.” (Aunt
Alexandra to Scout. Lee, 303)

               In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, we
read about young 6-year-old Scout, Jean Louise Finch mature over the period of thirty-one
chapters and three years within the book. She also realizes the problems of the
society she lives in and of those in her community. Overall, as a 9-year-old in
the 1930’s Scout Finch has matured into someone who we all aspire to be.  A collective, hothead, smart and very mature
young lady. Who has learned many valuable life lessons, within 3 years.