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Scout is what we would call a dynamic character, which is someone who changes gradually during the course of the story. In the beginning of the book, Scout starts out as a girl who solves all her problems through violence. For instance, Scout was beating up Walter Cunningham because “he made me start off on the wrong foot” (Lee, 1960, pg. 22). To add on, when Walter Cunningham was at her house for dinner later that night, she “attacked him verbally by rudely criticizing him” (Lee, 1960, pg.24). Later, she got into a fight with her cousin Francis because he made fun of her and her family. This tells us that Scout fights others to protect her family and values and believes this is the only way to handle things. However, this all changes when Atticus confronts her and advises her not to attack others who threaten her but to resolve her problems in a rightful manner. For example, when Scout was at school, Cecil Jacobs was calling Atticus names and due to how protective Scout is she kept insisting to take what he said back. Keeping in mind he didn’t stop, “instead of resorting to violence, she turned away from Cecil because she knew that’s not what Atticus would want anymore and to keep her head high” (Lee, 1960, 76-77). Near the end of the book, we really understand and see how Scout developed throughout the book. When she is growing up throughout the story she becomes tangled in a character versus society conflict. For example, as Jem and Scout were walking down the street, “Mrs. Dubose started using offensive language toward Atticus in front of their faces” (Lee, 1960, pg. 102). Francis also said the same sort of things in Scout’s face in the same tone that “makes it seem defending people of color is a bad thing” (Lee, 1960, pg. 83). Mrs. Dubose represents the old-fashioned societal views that confuse Scout because, at the time, she does not understand why everyone hates each other due to her innocence. Her maturity is developed when she finally understands Underwood’s editorial and the difference in power whites have over blacks. She matures in each chapter and learns from advice and or new experiences which separates Scout from all the other characters. With all this evidence supporting these situations in the book, it’s unclear to see this in the movie, in fact, no deeper meaning is portrayed in the film at all. Even with the absence of many characters such Aunt Alexandra, though she’s just seen as a young girl trying to get by her narration in the movie is lost due to the fact everyone is focused directly on the Tom Robinson trial. This takes away the main idea of how the characters go through challenges to find who they really are. In the book, it is evident that Scout needs Calpurnia and Aunt Alexandra to guide her through the tough times. But without these meaningful characters, Scout is a lost puppy and seen as just another young girl in a broken down society.

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