How surroundings influence essential development

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How surroundings influence essential development

Throughout the novel, Scout has experiences with many people, all of whom help to shape her into the strong character she eventually becomes. In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mocking Bird, there are 3 main characters that have an effect on Scout's maturity: Calpurnia, Jem and Atticus. Calpurnia teaches Scout how to be lady like, Jem Finch always looks out for Scout, and Atticus Finch teaches Scout many important life lessons. Calpurnia, Jem, and Atticus are truly the reason why Scout developed into such an independent and courageous person by the end of the novel.

Firstly, Calpurnia helps scout become more lady like by teaching her proper manners and edict. Scout learned cooking and cleaning skills from Calpurnia because she very often found herself alone, with nothing else to do. "Just come right on in the kitchen when you feel lonesome, we'll find lots for you to do in here."

(Lee 154). Another example of Calpurnia teaching Scout proper manners was when she corrects Scout for thinking that she is better than Walter Cunningham. "Yo' folks might be better than the Cunningham's, but it don't count for nothing the way your disgracing them." (Lee 33). By scolding Scout for thinking she is better than Walter, Calpurnia teaches Scout the meaning of equality and respectfulness toward others. Calpurnia explains to her that it is not acceptable to treat company rudely, which results in Scout acting on being respectful. Without Calpurnia in her life, Scout would struggle to have the many skills that were necessary assets to who her character became by the end of the novel.

Next, Jem influences Scout throughout the novel by always looking out for her best interest and putting her safety first. When Dill first arrives Jem makes the decision that...