Jean Louise

Essay by ellenewJunior High, 9th gradeB+, November 2014

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Ellen Whitehurst

Honors English

Mrs. Kelley


Jean Louise's Expedition

When a child is born, they come into the world without knowing how it is and how

people live. The genre of bildungsroman primarily revolves around a young character with

innocence. The character gradually loses their innocence, but gains maturity and self awareness

instead. In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, Jean Louise Finch learns how to see from

another person's perspective, accepting others as they are, and having tolerance.

The term 'blood is thicker than water' has been used throughout the years to symbolize

the bond of family being stronger than the bond of people who are unrelated. Scout's brother,

Jem teaches her the importance of being nice to people even if they are different. At the

beginning of Chapter 3, Scout gets into a brawl with Walter Cunningham. Jem disrupts the fight

and orders them to stop. "I stomped at him to chase him away, but Jem put out his hand and

stopped me."(Lee 23). Jem invited Walter to dinner as compensation for him getting hurt by

Scout. After the verdict of Tom Robinson, Jem expresses his negativity about the case to Scout.

"'If there's just one kind o f folks, why can't they get along with each other? If they're all alike,

why do they go out of their way to despise each other?'"(Lee 227). Scout soon realizes that she

should not alienate people because they are different.

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Rumors can fuel fear and create an inaccurate representation of a person. Throughout the

story, Scout developed an infatuation with Boo Radley. In Chapter One, she explains how

"People said he went at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows... people's

chickens and household pets were found mutilated... A negro would...