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Do the characters in To Kill a Mocking Bird gain more as they grow within the book?

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By Growing Older You Gain More In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Haper Lee, Scout describes how Jem fights to understand bravery, racism and human nature. He matures from a daring and playful boy of ten to a boy of almost thirteen. We find out how he changes to better understand life as he grows older. During the first summer of the novel Jem and Scout meet Dill. Jem finds it fascinating that Dill had seen movies like Dracula and he was glad to meet Dill because he gave them interesting ideas of things to do. When Dill was visiting he suggested they go and try to make Boo Radley come out, Jem and Scout had never really thought about doing so before so when Dill suggested it Jem was all for it even though he knew Atticus wouldn't approve. Jem begins to mature after Mrs. Dubose dies, I also think this is when Jem starts to realize that racism is wrong and the white azaleas in Mrs. ...read more.

Middle

As Jem got older he started to think about other people, if Scout started antagonizing Aunt Alexandra he would tell her to stop because Atticus had enough on his mind than having to deal with Scout's tantrums. Scout felt as if Jem was growing away from her because he didn't want to play with her anymore so when Dill comes to Maycomb for the next summer Scout is happy to see him and the three become close again. The trial was a good learning experience for Jem because it shows them the racist side of Maycomb. The trial seems to affect Jem the most he believes Atticus is doing the right thing in defending Tom Robinson and when it turns out that the jury finds him guilty, '"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."' ...read more.

Conclusion

Even though once they got to the school Jem went off with his own friends he came to meet Scout after the pageant was over to help her home. Since Scout insisted on wearing her costume home Jem offered too hold her hand. When Jem thought he heard something in the forest he wanted to protect Scout as best he could. Someone ran at them and Jem told Scout to run. "Someone rolled against me and I felt Jem. He was up like lightning and pulling me with him but, though my head and shoulders were free, I was so entangled we didn't get very far." (pg262) Jem was pulled to the ground and knocked unconscious when trying to protect Scout which shows he was willing to put himself in danger to protect her. The changes of Jem maturing mentally and physically were convincing. The novel showed Jem starting to mature in the stages of him learning to cope with the dark secrets of human kind and becoming very brave. All of his experiences made him more realized and able to take on the harsh realities of life. ...read more.

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