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Isaac Lucero
Mrs. Davenport
English 9 Honors
25 October 2015
As children develop they face various problems in their environment that help define
them for the rest of their lives. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout
encounters many obstacles in the environment, Maycomb which helped to sculpt her into
an intelligent, young woman. In her many encounters with obstacles Scout is able to learn
that one cannot pretend to know other peoples perspectives without experiencing their
lives for themselves. Throughout the novel three influential people are able to help show
her this: Mrs. Dubose, Boo Radley, and Atticus, her father.
Mrs. Dubose in the novel is a morphine addict that constantly insults Scout, the narrator,
due to her weak grip on reality. These insults lead Jem, her brother, to destroy her plants.
Eventually after Mrs. Dubose dies, Scout learns why Atticus had Jem read to her, I wanted
you to see what real courage is(Lee 149). She realizes the struggle and strength Mrs.
Dubose had. She dealt with things in a way that opened Scouts eye to how truly difficult it
must have been to be in her place. Scout is stunned at how strong Mrs. Dubose was and
takes into consideration that she should also be strong willed and more sympathetic.
Through this event Scout and the audience learn how Mrs. Dubose could never really be
understood, unless you knew her background. The experience began to change Scouts
opinion on Mrs. Dubose due to her witnessing Mrs. Duboses struggles.
Throughout the novel Boo Radley creates a mystery for Scout, but in the end

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Scout learns who Boo really is. Slowly in the novel he shows Scout that he is nice,
but it is not until she stands on the Radley Porch that she realizes how it feels to be Boo
Radley. She looks down the street and imagines seeing things the way he did. After she
walks him to his house she stands on the porch and she says, Atticus was right. One time
he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes. (Lee 374). She witnesses
how easily it could be to just stay in your house all day and almost literally witnesses his
life first hand in a matter of seconds. Scout begins to understand why Boo is so reserved to
himself and learns to accept people for who they are and why they are that way.
The most important character in Scouts development was Scout s father, Atticus.
Atticus serves as a role model to Scout by always demonstrating his morals. When Bob
Ewell spat in his face. Atticus took it because he thought it would help him cope with his
actions. Atticus said, He had to take it out on somebody and Id rather it be me than the
house full of children(Lee 293). Scout takes notice and is astonished by Atticus acceptance
at being spat in the face. This helps mold her mentality into a more sophisticated and
patient mind set. She also learns the importance of perspective through Atticus
selflessness. Scout eventually starts to change and be more flexible and empathetic to
In the novel, Scout is changed into a respectable woman by her environment. Mrs.
Dubose, Boo Radley, and Atticus help her learn the theme of not judging others without
first coming as close as she could to living in their lives. Scout learned throughout the novel
to be a more empathetic person and to learn from her environment and to adapt but stay
strong on her beliefs. In the end, Scout had matured because of the many tragic and difficult
experiences she had to go through.

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Works Cited
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird by London: Macmillan, 1987. Print.