In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee the story is portrayed through the eyes of Jean Louise Finch, better known as Scout. Scout begins this novel as an intelligent but young six year old and ends the novel as a mature nine year old. Scout develops toward being a woman from dealing with certain experiences in her life.
Scout was a “tomboy” because she did not have a mother to influence her. Scout enjoyed wearing overalls and hated dresses. Scout lived with her father and her brother; both had a huge impact on her way of life. Scout’s brother and she were very close. Her brother, Jem felt it was his job to protect her. Scout looked up to Jem and did what he did. Jem did not like when Scout acted like a girl so Scout did not, “Scout sometimes you act so much like a girl its mortifyin…” (Lee 38).
Scout was an intelligent girl because before she even went to school she already could read and write. She was also a confidant girl because at any time she would fight a boy and was not scared too. Scout was also thoughtful and good because she tried not to disrupt her father and she worried about the people close to her.
The only woman that Scout had to look up to was Calpurnia the housekeeper until her Aunt Alexander came to stay with them. Aunt Alexander tried to change Scout because it was not proper for a girl to act like a boy, “This was part of her campaign to teach me to be a lady” (Lee 229). Aunt Alexander did have an affect on Scout, Scout decided maybe being a lady was not as bad, “there was something about them that I instinctively liked… they weren’t-” (Lee 234).
Scout did not always like having Calprunia around, “and I had felt her tyrannical presence as long as I could remember” (Lee, 6). Calprunia was very strict on Scout and Jem because during the day it was she who looked after them. Scout grew to respect Calprunia. At first, Scout did not think of Calprunia having a home and a life of her own.
Atticus, Scout’s father, was a lawyer and a...