Jean Louise "Scout" Finch makes several progressions as a character from the beginning of the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" to the end of part one. When Scout is introduced, she is shown as being a rude, hot-headed, quick-tempered little girl who sees nothing wrong with beating up the person who does her wrong. As she grows, she turns into a young girl who is still rude, hot-headed, and quick-tempered, but knows how to restrain her anger and not resort to physical violence. Scout learns about the harsh realities of life and that the people who live around her are biased and racist. In the first part of the novel, she learns and grows exponentially, and it shows.
In the first few chapters, Scout is shown to be a child who means well, but lacks the tact to not make her statements and explanations rude. This is shown when she is trying to explain the financial predicament of the Cunninghams. She tries to explain why he has no lunch by saying "He's a Cunningham" (p 26) and saying nothing else. She is rude when she later has to explain to the teacher, and she is punished for her rudeness. Later on in the story, when Walter Cunningham is eating lunch at the Finch's house, she openly criticizes him about his eating habits (p 32). This rudeness earns her another punishment, this time from Calpurnia.
However, as she gets older, Scout does learn some tact. She learns to hold her tongue (somewhat) and learns to explain things without being as rude. This is shown when she explains to her Uncle Jack in Chapter Nine about why she beat Francis up. As she says, "I don't mean to sass you, I'm just tryin' to tell you" (p113). She uses her words instead of her fists, which shows how much she's grown.
Scout was shown to be a quick-tempered and hotheaded child. She would much rather duke it out on the battlefield with fists then participate in an intellectual discussion. This is most prominent when she decides to beat on Walter Cunningham when he inadvertently gets her in...
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