Scout's Consequences

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Scout?s Consequences ?Our Mother died when I was two, so I never felt her absence?(Ch 1 Pg 6). All of Scout?s actions revolve around the way she grew up. Her actions affect the plot of the story, the actions of the other characters, and the overall outcome of the novel. Scout is a very important element to the story. In the novel To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, Scout?s actions affect all elements of the story.

Scout Finch?s actions affect the plot of the story in a big way. ? ?Miss Caroline, he?s a Cunningham.? I sat back down. ?What Jean Louise?? ?(Ch2 Pg 20). Scout?s ignorance is a big part of the story. She assumes everyone knows what she knows. The story is changed because Scout suddenly finds herself not aware of everyone?s thoughts and actions. ?Nothin? to it. I swear, Scout, sometimes you act so much like a girl it?s mortifyin?(Ch 4 Pg 38).

Jem is commenting that Scout?s normal actions are very boyish. He is saying it in a humorous way but it is very true also. Scout?s boyish actions affect the plot in a big way. If she was to act girlish the kids wouldn?t find themselves in so many situations.

Every action has a consequence. Most of these consequences affect other people?s actions. Scout?s good and bad actions have affected other characters. ?Catching Walter Cunningham in the schoolyard gave me some pleasure, but when I was rubbing his nose in the dirt Jem came by and told me to stop?(Ch 3 Pg 23). In this quote Scout is getting pleasure out of beating up a kid. This affects Walter and Jem. Walter is basically defenseless against Scout. She makes him feel bad for who he is. Jem has to act like a second dad to Scout. He has to take care of Scout and he has to scold her when she is bad. ?I wished my father was a devil from hell. I sounded out Calpurnia on the subject?(Ch 10 Pg 91). Respect for her dad is quickly lost when he scolds her. Calpurnia is caught in the cross fire. She is caught in the middle. She has to stay loyal to Atticus, but also there needs to be a loyalty to Scout. She is greatly affected by Scout. For someone?s actions there is always consequences. Scout learns that her actions can greatly affect people in good and bad ways.

The overall outcome of the novel is greatly affected by Scout. ?I sat down, listened to Mrs. Merriweather?s drone and the bass drum?s boom and was soon fast asleep?(Ch 28 Pg 258). This quote is important because it helps the story?s ending. Scout is so sad and mad because her sleeping delayed, and in her eyes, ruined the play. This sets the mood for the outcome and the ending. ?Jem, I forgot my shoes?(Ch 28 Pg 259). This quote is very important to the story. Jem and Scout had to slow down. If Scout had her shoes on she could have probably run faster. ?You wanta take it off Scout? Nay, ill just keep it on?(Ch 28 Pg 259) ?This thing probably saved her life?(Ch 29 Pg 261). Scout was embarrassed to change out of her costume. If she had changed she would probably be dead. Her embarrassment saved her life. Scout?s foolish and also smart actions affect the outcome of the novel.

In conclusion, Scout is a very important element to the story. Her actions cause chaos and victory. In the novel To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, Scout?s actions affect all elements of the story. Her good and bad actions are greatly appreciated and denied. Scout is a very important character.