Aunt Alexandra

Jean Louise 'Scout' Finch

Jean Louise Finch, better known as Scout, is a six year old girl from Maycomb. She is the narrator and protagonist in the novel. Scout does not follow the usual trend of what was expected of girls of her age.

  • Curious
  • Stubborn
  • Oblivious
  • Rough
  • Nosey
  • Adventurous
  • Open-minded
  • Innocent
  • Understanding
  • Naive
  • Tom-boy
  • Headstrong

Jean Louise (Scout) Finch Quotes:
I drew a bead on him, remembered what Atticus had said, then dropped my fists and walked away, "Scout's a cow- ward!" ringing in my ears. It was the first time I ever walked away from a fight.

Somehow, if I fought Cecil I would let Atticus down. Atticus so rarely asked Jem and me to do something for him, I could take being called a coward for him. I felt extremely noble for having remembered, and remained noble for three weeks. (9.30-31)

And so Scout learns the pleasure of moral superiority, though she does eventually understand that there are more reasons against fighting than obedience to Atticus and getting to feel noble. Even then, however, she does maintain a few private exceptions.

After my bout with Cecil Jacobs when I committed myself to a policy of cowardice, word got around that Scout Finch wouldn't fight any more, her daddy wouldn't let her. This was not entirely correct: I wouldn't fight publicly for Atticus, but the family was private ground. I would fight anyone from a third cousin upwards tooth and nail. (10.6)

By Perri Muller

Essential Question
Jean Louise is related to the question "What difference can one person make?" Jean Louise can make a big difference in society. She is so young and oblivious to the things going on around her. She doesn't judge people by the colour of their skin, or the family they come from. She is very accepting of the people around her. She is a very curious little girl and sometimes learns things the hard way, but she becomes a better person because of this. Jean Louise is exposed to many situations and people during her childhood, so she becomes a very strong little girl.

By Perri Muller