Protagonist in To Kill a Mockingbird

The protagonist is Jean Louise (a.k.a Scout.) She is the narrator of the story. Scout is 6 to 9 years old in this story. She is a white girl in the middle of racist times during the Great Depression. Because of this, her family is poor but is still more valued than others. Scout’s appearance is not directly mentioned, but it can be inferred she wears breeches and has bangs. Scout is very intelligent, for her father has taught her many things before even going to school. She already knows how to read and think critically in the first grade. Scout understands mature situations and is not afraid to input her own opinion. When she doesn’t get her way, she is a hothead. She often resorts to fist-fights when someone says something that upsets her. Scout sticks close-by to her older brother, Jem, who acts as her mentor and playmate. Scout is a tomboy, she never likes being a lady. She prefers to wear pants instead of dresses. Play outside instead of sewing. It’s only when she sees her Aunt being a lady in rough times does she understand that she also needs to be a lady when most needed, After all, if Aunty can be a lady at a time like this, so could I (Lee 272). Though, over time she does not change herself and become more ladylike. Scout has childhood innocence at the beginning of the story, though she still is able to recognize things happening around her, Atticus, are we poor? (Lee 23). Noticing her situation makes her very aware and insightful, yet still childish and immature. She believes that every person is a good person and the world is equal. Only after experiencing a black man get punished for a crime a white man did is when she lost her innocence. She understands how the world is not a fair place and knows that all men are not treated equally. She loses her faith in the goodness of humanity. It’s only when she uses empathy to see something as it is, that she regains faith. Overall, Scout is an intelligent, stubborn, questioning, and a tomboyish hothead who will speak her mind.

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