To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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“To never go a day without learning, this is my prayer” (Unknown). Little Jem seems to be subconsciously living by this creed. Jeremy Atticus Finch is one of the leading protagonists in the potent Bildungsroman “To Kill a Mockingbird” written by Harper Lee, and published in 1960. This influential coming-of-age story depicts various analogies of growth by morphing individual accounts of development into a bigger portrait. It displays the improvement as well as the need for improvement in society as a whole. The story in the book takes place over a three year time period. Jem contributes one of the most significant examples of growth throughout the entirety of the book. He is put through many trials and is forced to push and extend the limits of his maturity. He does not have the power to decide which paths are set before him, but he does choose which road he will take. In the early stages of the novel, some of his decisions are not the wisest, but throughout the book he shows signs of growth by seeking and choosing the unpopular, yet righteous route, knowing full well the consequences that may befall him. When the unthinkable does occur, his outlook on life remains just as bright as it was before and during his fundamental growing process. In the early stages of Jem’s appearance in the novel, he is an adventurous and slightly sneaky little boy. He, his sister Scout, and their friend Dill often spend their days fantasizing about a mysterious neighbor who lives next to them. After they hear rumors about him, through townsfolk, they start to role-play his life. Jem’s father Atticus does not approve of their games, especially since there is no factual evidence to support their fantasy. So when they play “Boo Radley”, they have to do... ... middle of paper ... ...egrity, he strongly relates with Tom. Ironically, Jem, who is inspired and somewhat shaped by the events dealing with Tom, is the only one left with physical proof of the whole ordeal. To drag the irony further, Jem, like Tom, both sustained practically the same kind of visible injury on their left arms, at around the same youthful age. His integrity led to his values, his courage led to personality and bravery, and his bravery led to his injury that serves as an everlasting reminder of who he is, and the paths he chose. Jem chooses the unpopular way, but the way of change. Society’s army outnumbers him, despite that, Jem remains optimistic. Jem is one of the first people to take place in a slow cultural movement. Though it is slow, there is evidence that change is on its way. Works Cited Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: Warner Books, 1982. Print.

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