"...she discovered that I was literate and looked at me with more than faint distaste. Miss Caroline told me to tell my father to not teach me any more, it would interfere with my reading." (Lee, 22) Scout is discouraged when she is ridiculed for knowing how to read. This shows the beginning of scout being told to change in order to fit in.
Scout Gets Curious!
"Catching Walter Cunningham in the school yard gave me some pleasure, but when I was rubbing his nose in the dirt Jem came by and told me to stop."(Lee, 30) Scout is beginning to enjoy fighting, she expresses her emotions through her violent behavior.
Scout Gets Cautious!
"He ain't company, Cal, he's just a Cunningham-" "Hush your mouth! Don't matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house's yo' comp'ny, and don't let me catch you remarkin' on their ways like you was so high and mighty!" (Lee, 33) This is a significant factor in scouts development, she gets a reality check that her actions need to change.
Scout Becomes Calm!
I want to fight!!!
"I stood on tiptoe, hastily looked around once more, reached into the hole, and withdrew two pieces of chewing gum minus their outer wrappers." (Lee, 44) Scouts curiosity builds as she takes the offerings inside of the Knot hole. She becomes more interested with this situation as the story progresses.
I wonder what is in this knot-hole?
"Scout, I'm tellin' you for the last time, shut your trap or go home- I declare to the lord you're gettin' more like a girl every day!" (Lee, 69) Scout ditches her crazy, spontaneous decision making, for a more realistic, safe plan on how to investigate the Radley house. This demonstrates Scouts maturity increasing.
This seems unsafe..are you sure about this?
YES! GROW UP!
"My fists were clenched and I was ready to let fly. Atticus had promised me he would wear me out if he ever heard of me fighting anymore..." (Lee, 99) Scout has matured enough to be able to turn down a fight. Although she was irritated with Cecil's offensive words, she decided to not be childish and to not solve every problem with violence.