How Does Mrs. Dubosee Mature In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Throughout the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Jem Finch’s impulsive character fuels his actions. For instance, Mrs. Dubose, a nosy old lady, one day insinuates something about his father’s work that crosses the line. Mrs. Dubose constantly pesters Jem and his younger sister, Scout, about their father’s decisions and how she believes they should behave. Atticus, their father, preaches that Jem needs to keep his head held high and act like a gentleman even if she provokes him. Despite his father’s advice, out of frustration, Jem uses Scout’s newly bought baton to cut the tops off all of Mrs. Dubose’s prized camellia bushes. Scout, in disbelief, watches as Jem “did not begin to calm down until he had cut the tops off every camellia bush Mrs. Dubose owned until the ground was littered with green buds and leaves.…show more content…
After Jem ruins Mrs.Dubose’s yard, his anger has not quite dissipated so he takes it out on Scout by fighting her. Unable to tolerate Mrs.Dubose’s ignorant statements about someone he cares about, Jem instinctively lashes out, which exhibits his struggle with emotional control. Although Atticus lectures him multiple times to not let what she says get to him, his compulsive nature causes him to act inappropriately. Another case of Jem’s impulsive personality occurs late one night, when Jem notices that Atticus takes the car into town- an unusual behavior since Atticus always walks. Jem spontaneously acts out of curiosity and decides to follow his father, regardless of the danger and consequences that could possibly follow. When Scout hears Jem prepare to sneak out, she intervenes and exclaims, “‘It’s almost ten o’clock Jem.’ He knew it, but he was going anyway” (Lee 149). He disregards his common sense and leaves, fully aware that his plan could lead to disaster. Similar to the incident with Mrs. Dubose, his impulses result in a
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