To Kill A Mockingbir d. Plot and Conflict. Bildungsroman. A bildungsroman is a genre that deals with the protagonist growth from a child to maturity To be a bildungsroman the plot must follow this steps The protagonist actual or metaphorical development from childhood to adulthood.
To Kill A Mockingbird is a flashback of the summers that lead to Jem breaking his arm. Through out the memory Jem and Scout mature.
One of the steps of being a bildungsroman is to have a loss or disconnection at an early age; Scout lost her mom at a young age (Scout was 2yrs old and Jem was 6yrs old. Pg7) so growing up with a mom effected her behavior as a child. Since she grew up as the only girl in the house, I think this is why she acts like a tom-boy.
Another step of being a bildungsroman is to have a gradual change to maturity where the protagonist’s wants and needs clash with society’s views and judgment. Ever since Atticus accepts Tom’s case the town disapproved Atticus’s decision. They would call Atticus names like “nigger-lover” (pg110) and would disrespect him like spitting in his face (pg. 290 291). Also Atticus tried to raise his kids to be unbiased, "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”(pg. 39). I think the different views effect her a lot and help her mature because she tries to control her temper “if I fought Cecil I would let Atticus down” (pg.102) and try to ignore the comments that constantly goes against her wants and needs. Another way Scout’s wants and needs goes against society’s value is by the way she acts. Girls and women in the1940s were to wear dress and cook and clean not to run around in overalls. “She [Mrs.Dubose] pointed her arthritic finger at me- ‘what are you doing in those overalls? You should be in a dress and camisole, young lady! You’ll grow up waiting on tables if somebody doesn’t change your ways’” (pg. 135). So this sentence shows that Scout’s needs/ wants (doesn’t want to be a girl because they are annoying pg.54 and Jem doesn’t accept it) doesn’t “fit” with society’s image (because of mom being absent). This event also happens when Aunt Alexandra tries to change Scout.
Lastly, the book ended with evaluation. At the end of the book were Scout is walking with Boo Radley she thinks about her summer adventures trying to find Boo and how much Boo has given her. “We came to the streetlight on the corner, and I wondered how many times Dill had stood their hugging the fat pole, watching, waiting, hoping. I wondered how many times Jem and I had made this journey, but I entered the Radley front gate for the second time in my life…neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little thing in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and a chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it” (pg.373). This shows how Scout has matured, she doesn’t fantasize over Boo Radley and doesn’t think of the gifts as strange items. She has accepted society’s views on race, after the verdict is reached, none of her schoolmates bother her. Also after the death of Bob Ewell there is some peace (because he was the most prejudice) which helped her adjust to society.