The last chapter of the novel is called “Notes on a Hanging.” It begins with Scout reflecting on her youth and all that she has learned. She realizes that growing up doesn’t mean losing her innocence, but rather gaining a greater understanding of the world.
She also comes to understand the true meaning of courage, and that it isn’t always about physical strength. In the end, Scout is proud of her father, Atticus, for his moral courage in standing up for what is right, even when it isn’t popular. The novel ends on a hopeful note, with Scout looking forward to the future and all that it holds.