Maycomb's Scout
Crystal Cheng, Division 1, 6th grade #ws18e-s1d1

Racism. Social Inequality. Atticus Finch. The injustice portrayed in court when a black man was being falsely accused of something he didn’t do.
There are a countless amount of topics that To Kill a Mockingbird brings up, many of which are still problems people face in the world today. But while others may write analytical essays on the universal themes characterized in this world-read book, I tend to think about another topic, one less serious and pensive but still very important, Scout.

Living in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, Scout observes everyone and everything that goes on, recounting every detail in her own words. When analyzing the character of Scout, I picture a young girl, subsiding in a world she realizes is the opposite of perfect, and not just surviving from mistakes but thriving despite the obstacles she has to cross. As the seasons change, months passing into years, Scout’s character and thinking changes as she reflects on everything that happens.

Scout may not have any special powers or skills, but the world through her eyes is different than anyone else. She’s confident, clever, and has a never-ending sense of keenness. The very name of “Scout” describes her as a vigilant person who is always scouting and searching for the truth rather than directly believing the fictions that others may believe. Although from another’s point of view, Scout is exactly the opposite of me, the dauntless, courageous seven-year old she is while I was effortlessly shy and timid, we have similarities inwardly that are remarkably the same. We both care about our family and find it an unspoken rule to always defend them, and were both underestimated at our understanding of the world from a young age.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” From To Kill a Mockingbird, this perfectly describes how we shouldn’t judge people by their cover. As people, our instinct when seeing another is to judge them for how they are seen instead of the depth behind their words or the meaning behind their actions. Only the handful of us will take the time to think why someone does something, or how it is from their point of view. Unlike some of the adults who are confident they know everything about the world that there is to know, Scout is one of these people. If I were Scout, I would be able to do things that pursue me, but as fears. I could be the type of person who is bold, brave, and not afraid to stand apart from the crowd as their own individual person.

In between important events and dramatic changes, Scout proves just to be like a normal kid, preferring home over school, play over work, and being fascinated by the curious stories perpetuated by society. Given the choice of being any character, audacious, self-reliant Scout would undoubtedly be mine.
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