Scout is the protagonist of the novel. Scout is a tomboy, which means she prefers to dress like a boy and likes to play with boys. She is intelligent and precocious, which means she has an above-average intelligence for her age, but not yet fully developed mentally. Scout is brave and stands up for what she believes in. For example, she stands up for Tom Robinson when Atticus defends him in court even though most of the town thinks Tom is guilty of raping Mayella Ewell. Scout also stands up for Boo Radley when he accidentally kills Bob Ewell by stabbing him with his knife while defending himself from Bob’s attack on him. Scout is a good friend to Jem and Dill. For example, she helps Jem learn how to read by teaching him how to read the signs on their street corner advertisements. Scout is loyal to her family, especially Atticus; however, she can sometimes be rebellious toward them when they try too hard to protect her from difficult situations such as going into town alone or riding out in the woods at night looking for Boo Radley. Scout has a strong sense of justice; this means that when someone is being wronged, she will stand up for what she believes in, especially when it comes to racial inequality.