Jem matured enormously and in various ways throughout To Kill a Mockingbird. Before his change, he was obviously the exact opposite: immature. He was inconsiderate, and he constantly made fun of his little sister, even though he loved her very much. When Jem, Dill, and Scout were going to sneak into the Radley’s yard and Scout was frightened, his reaction was anything but comforting: “Scout, I’m tellin’ you for the last time, shut your trap or go home––I declare to the Lord you’re gettin’ more like a girl every day!” (58). Later on in the book, however, he learns to be compassionate and empathic when others are feeling troubled. When Aunt Alexandra and Scout are having another one of their recurring rows, this time about Walter Cunningham. Aunt Alexandra had deeply upset Scout so, instead of just watching both sides’ anger play out from the sidelines, Jem took into consideration what may happen if things became extremely unpleasant and he made sure t...
Tom Robinson is the mockingbird that was innocently killed, not because of any signifigant evidence, but because of his tinted skin color that automatically sentenced him to death. The character of Tom Robinson symbolizes the racial injustice ...
The most significant character development for Jem is bravery. This was mostly taught to him by his father, Atticus, when he tells Jem to read for Mrs. Dubose. Jem later found out Mrs. Dubose was struggling a morphine addiction, and was being very brave to beat it, although it caused her death. Atticus taught Jem that true bravery is “when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what” (112). I think Jem realized the importance of what Atticus was saying and really understood what he was talking about, although at first he was mostly just upset.
Scout and Jem, in a way, become new people over the course of the book. Lee showed the many events that allowed for the characters to mature and become better people. They learn not to judge others, to let others live the kind of life style they want and to accept that, that their opinion does not always need to be heard, and much more. Everybody matures over their lifetime, some are different than others, but it makes a huge difference in a person.
America has drastically changed throughout the years and has improved to become better. Although the past has problems with gender, socio-economics, age and ethnicity. The main problem that was in the past that even still happens today is ethnicity. Ethnicity inequality was a big problem involving African Americans, but are slowly changing today. Back in the days, racism was a huge problem that we had. Black people were slaves and treated poorly. Segregation has been a cause for an example, School and busses were separated by skin color. There were two schools, one for white skinned and one for the black skins. They even had separate drinking fountains and sit sat in the back of the busses. They were sometimes openly abused just for doing nothing. It’s
Bloodshed, starvation, terrorism, these are all examples of catastrophes occuring in the world today that inflict both physical and emotional pain. In relation to the authentic world, the universe in the book “To Kill A Mockingbird” also consists of issues
Jem had changed throughout the story from acting like a child and doing things that children do to becoming more mature and taking part in the community. When Dill had ran away from his mom and stepdad during the summer Jem and Scout had found him under the bed in Scout’s room. Scout was planning to hide him in her room: however, Jem had other plans. “Dill’s eyes flickered at Jem and Jem looked at the floor. Then he rose and broke the remaining code of our childhood. He went out of the room and down the hall. “Atticus, can you come here a minute, sir?” (pg. 74) For years, Jem and Dill had been the best of friends. Dill had found Jem trustworthy, however, Jem was willing to do what was right even if it means losing a friends trust. Towards the end of the summer, when Dill was getting ready to leave Jem felt that it was necessary that Dill should learn to swim. He has spent the next week going to the creek to teach him. "Jem had discovered with angry amazement that nobody had ever bothered to teach Dill how to swim, a skill Jem considered necessary as walking. They had spent two afternoons at the creek, they said they were going in ...
Throughout the story, Jem shows sign of growing maturity. In the previous chapters, he was a childish boy who liked adventures and seeked to satisfy his curiosity about Boo Radley's reclusiveness. Jem’s childish side was presented when he and Scout built a snowman and sent a note to Boo Radley. It was only when Dill left, Jem began growing up. Dill was a symbol of childhood to the Finch’s family as he led them to childish plays in the summer. When he left, Jem began wanting to meet his father’s standards of growing up. A major scene that appeared to demonstrate Jem’s sense of responsibility was when he told on Dill to Atticus. After the siblings fought not to antagonize Aunt Alexandra, they found Dill hidden under Scout’s bed. Scout and Jem
this is quoted to Plutarch and pertains to societies as well. This idea of grouping people based on their wealth plays a key role in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by, Harper Lee. It recounts the story of two preteens, Jem and Scout, growing up in a prejudice old southern town during the great depression. They have become accustomed to the towns habits, like the normally honorable work of the Cunninghams as well as the dreadful deeds of the Ewells. The children have role models in their lives like Aunt Alexandra as well as Calpurnia, a black nanny like figure. Atticus, their father, is presented with the most strenuous and thorny case of his life representing Thom Robinson, a black man, accused of rape by a white woman. All in all the narrative consists of the difficulties of these kids as they struggle through the idea of discrimination, inequality, as well as an array of other issues. Economic class affects the events in the novel by dominating characters judgement, dividing the community, and preserving as well as sustaining blemishes through generations.
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
Jem could have easily run and left Scout to fend for herself, but instead, he stayed. This is a coming-of-age scene because in risking his own life to save his sister, Jem shows a great level of maturity and thus, coming of age. In this scene, the characters did not have time to assess their situation and react accordingly, like I get to. No. They had to react on instinct, it was fight-or-flight. Jem, in order to save his sister, subconsciously stayed to fight, fight for
Lastly , Jem may be maturing but he still acts like a child in a way even when they lost the case. Jem really thought they were going to win this one so when they lost he was really disappointed. It was Jem’s turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd. “It ain't right,” he muttered, all the way to the corner of the square where we found Atticus waiting. (284) He may not understand the world just yet but he is slowly getting there. He says he wasn't right for them to do that he started to understand how people really are in the outside world. They aren’t like how he thinks they are. In conclusion , People would argue that Scout has changed the most but Jem is the one that changed the most because in the beginning of the story he was this childish person but overtime he became this young man who idolizes his
Jem slowly matures in the story. He becomes accustomed to social classes and gender roles. This is shown when he tells Scout to act more like a lady. Jem shows his maturity when he tells Atticus
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, the author, Harper Lee, uses the theme of racism to express the social inequality in the town of Maycomb, Alabama. I think this is best shown in the trial against Tom Robinson when the jury chooses to blame an innocent man based on the color of his skin.
Jem goes through puberty throughout the book and transforms from an adolescent to a young adult. This is especially emphasized when the adults Jem interacts with begin treating him as such. Calpurnia, the Finch’s maid that raised both children, comforts Scout, Jem’s sister, when she is upset at Jem by saying, “Don’t you fret too much over Mister Jem—” (Lee 116). Scout is shocked to hear Calpurnia refer to Jem as Mister Jem. To Scout Jem is nowhere near an adult. But Calpurnia recognizes that he is now of age and that he is no longer the young child she raised but a young man. She knows she must treat him as such, and instead of referring to him as Jem as she would normally do she calls him Mister Jem instead. Calpurnia was not the only adult to notice that Jem was of age. Scout, Dill, both Jem and Scout’s friend, and Jem travel to Miss Maudie’s house and she serves them cake. However, there is something different when she serves them cake, “she cut from the big cake and gave the slice to Jem” (Lee 218). This might seem like a miniscule detail but it holds great importance, it’s a rite of passage for Jem. Before in the novel Jem had always received a miniature cake along with Scout and Dill, so Miss Maudie serving him a slice instead speaks volumes. It’s a coming of age moment for Jem and it accentuates his newfound