¨Tell your father that I can take over from here.¨
¨Our mother died when I was two, so I never felt her absence¨(Lee 7). Scout starts out as an innocent little child. She doesn´t really understand or know it but her mother died when she was two. This shows that Scout, although she didn´t really understand it fully, had one of the hardest things happen to her at a very young and early age.
Uncle Jack´s Concern and Request
¨I don´t want to hear those words while I´m here, Scout.¨
¨Jem condescended to take me to school for the first day, a job usually done by one´s parents, but Atticus had said Jem would be delighted to show me where my room was¨(Lee 20). Scout is growing up. She is starting school which is a very big milestone. This shows that she is getting older and life is changing quickly for her.
Aunt Alexandra´s Opinion
¨You don´t dress very lady-like, Scout.¨
¨Now you tell your father not to teach you any more. It´s best to begin reading with a fresh mind. You tell him I´ll take over from here and try to undo the damage-¨(Lee 23). Starting school comes with many lessons. Scout is experiencing that right now. Growing up with your parent telling you one thing and then having your teacher tell you another thing is very confusing.
Everyone in my family hates me!
¨You like words like damn and hell now, don´t you? I said I reckoned so. Well I don´t , said Uncle Jack, not unless there´s extreme provocation connected with ´em. I´ll be here a week, and I don´t want to hear any words like that while I´m here. Scout, you´ll get in trouble if you go around saying things like that¨(Lee 105). This quote is showing that Scout is in the process of learning what´s right from wrong.
¨Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn´t supposed to be doing things that required pants¨(Lee 108). Scout is having to deal with her family members opinions about her. This is helping her to become stronger and more representative of herself.
¨I ran to Atticus for comfort, but he said I had it coming and it was high time we went home. I climbed into the back seat of the car without saying good-bye to anyone, and at home I ran to my room and slammed the door¨(Lee 112). This is showing how Scout is trying to deal with some judgement from her family. It is helping her learn how to take stuff, that might not always be what she wants to hear. She is learning how to cope with her feelings.