To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
Contributed by Sharon Fleming
Chapter 5

Scout finds herself more omitted from the plans and activities of Jem and Dill as the boys' friendship grows. She begins to spend more time with her widowed neighbor, Maudie Atkinson, in whom she finds a kindred spirit. Miss Maudie tells her that she grew up with Finch siblings at Finch's Landing. She's patient, kind and open-minded, just like Atticus. She tells Scout more about the Radley family and for the first time Scout starts to see Boo as a sad and lonely person, not a monster. She becomes more interested when she discovers Jem and Dill's plan to deliver a note to Boo via a fishing hole through a loose shutter. She agrees and serves as a lookout for Jem as he delivers the not, but they never realize that Atticus is onto them, and he warns them to stop bothering Boo.


Scout, Dill and Jem are growing up a little. The boys prefer playing together without Scout’s presence. This causes Scout to experience some sort of an identity crisis, and makes her feel at a crossroads. Throughout the book, other women including her aunt have always told her to act like a lady. Meanwhile, her brother who is some kind of an idol to her, criticizes her for acting ‘like a girl.’ Her conversations with Atticus, Calpurnia and Maudie Atkinson make her accept herself as she is. Through her discussions with Miss Maudie about Boo Radley, Scout begins to feel sympathy for Boo instead of fear. She will have this feeling throughout the rest of the book, and it will have a significant role to play by the end of the story. Miss Maudie also becomes very important to Jem and Scout as a source of advice besides Atticus and Calpurnia.

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