Describe characters who initially seem to be one thing but on understanding them turn out to be something different.

Essay by b0wHigh School, 11th grade March 2005

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Scout - In the beginning of the book Scout is an innocent, good hearted 5 year old child who has no experience with the evil in the world.

She then learns about courage, kindness and the importance of doing what is right. She learned from her father and her neighbors that doing what is right isn't always rewarded, but it's the right thing to do. Scout gets a lot of knowledge from Jem as well.

Jem - as Jem grows older, he finds it difficult to deal with the cruelty of people, but Atticus helps him work through some of that disappointment. Before the end of the novel, Jem shows signs of having learned a positive lesson from the trial; for instance, at the beginning of Chapter 25, he refuses to allow Scout to squash a roly-poly bug because it has done nothing to harm her. After seeing the unfair destruction of Tom Robinson, Jem now wants to protect the fragile and harmless.

Later in his life, Jem is able to see that Boo Radley's unexpected aid indicates there is good in people.

Boo radley - Boo Radley is the object of fascination for Jem, Scout, and Dill He is very reclusive and seems creepy. He has remained in the house down the street from the Finch house for years. When he was younger he was a bit of a troublemaker when he became involved with a group of rowdy kids from old Sarum. One night they resisted arrest and was locked up in the courthouse outhouse. After that Boo's father took him home and he wasn't seen again for fifteen years. It was said that one day Boo Radley stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors while cutting newspaper clippings for his scrapbook. For...