I need to write an essay for the Novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" for the Christmas holidays. Here is what the assignment says : "Describe the internal conflict Scout experiences in the novel". I need to provide evidence from the book as well. Please help somebody! =D
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im doing an essay too. due tomorrow. i haven't even started.
okay, first of all there is a character verus self conflict going on with Scout.
She is highly mature for her age so there is definately a conflict that she has with her age. She's only (i think) 6 but the maturation process is so rapid it overwhelms her. She's stuck between being six and acting like an adult. LIke with the whole reading thing. For her age, she reads exceptionally, but she's stuck between doing what is expected of her, and going beyond that and being more like her father.
there is also the conflict of Scout vs. society.
in a way, she rises above what society has set forth for the time period and sees beyond expectations.
Although the civil war is over, racism is still thick in the air.
But remember when her teacher was talking about how persecuting jews is wrong, but then again the same teacher said tom got what he deserved. She can clearly see the hypocracy. She had a discussion with Jem about what "fine folk" are. and it didnt include skin color.
well, email me n let me know how you did n if i was any help!
The greatest conflict Scout encounters is the tradition of judging people by their family traditions vs. deciding what each person is all about by getting to know that person. Maycomb society has each family "pegged" as prone to drinking or lying or incest or whatever aberration. Atticus is trying to teach his children that folks are folks--some good and some not so good, regardless of income or name or race. Through all her experiences in the novel, Scout come to realize that her father is right. Tom is decent, even though "he's just a Negro." Mayella is white but not honest, although Harper Lee does create some sympathy for her in readers. Miss Rachel is "upright" but drinks. Miss Maudie is "just" a woman and accused of being a devil (by the footwashers), but she is a great lady. Arthur Radley is shy but not the monster that rumor claims he is.
At the end of the novel, Scout has come to terms with all of this. By looking at life through Arthur's eyes, as her father has taught her, she can see that Atticus is right and that the only thing she has left to learn is algebra.