The Coming of Age of Jeremy Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird

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The Coming of Age of Jeremy Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird

The coming of age of Jem, Jeremy Finch, is shown in many ways throughout

the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. He changes socially. He

changes mentally. His feelings change emotionally. He also changes to become

more of an adult figure. Another way he changes is that he changes physically.

Jem changes through out the book socially by the way he starts having

better feelings toward other people. There are many times when Jem start

feeling bad for other people in the story, like when him and scout get in a

fight but even though their mad at each other he still is grow up enough to

know that he should say "Night, Scout." There are also many other incidents,

like when he goes out and teaches Dill how to swim. Jem also goes through some

bad social change when he turns "twelve. He is difficult to live with,

inconsistent, and moody."(115). These are only a few of the things that Jem

does to show that he is growing up in his social ways.

Mental change is another type of change that Jem goes through. Jem

start to think like an adult as he gets older in the book. He shows it at the

trial of Tim Robinson when the jury is in the jury room and he starts to talk to

Reverend Sykes. He starts saying thing about the trial and Reverend Sykes ask

him not to talk like that in front of Scout. Which shows that he knows what

he is talking about.(see page 208-209). There is also the time when he had to

go and read to Mrs. Dubose which he later finds out about her drug addiction

which he fully understands. So those are ways he changes mentally.

Jem changes physically in many ways in the story. His hair stuck up

behind and down in front, and I wondered if it would it would ever look like a

man's-maybe if he shaved it off and started over, his hair would grow back

neatly in place. His eyebrows were becoming heavier, and I noticed a new

slimness about his body.

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