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Jem As A Young Moral Man In To Kill A Mockingbird

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A young boy growing up during the great depressions and racial discreteness’ between a persons race, will be affected dramatically especially in the situation of having a moral father stand against what is wrong. Harper Lee in To Kill a Mockingbird helps mould the young childish Jeremy Finch into a young mature man. In the trial of Tom Robinson, Jem undergoes a change in the way he envisions Maycomb county’s people, as well as his own personal beliefs. Jem also learns a valuable lesson with his relationship and time spent with Mrs. Dubose during a one month period in her bedroom. The writer uses particular moments to show an alteration of Jem’s close interaction with Atticus. Harper Lee has definitely displayed the obvious changes and effects on Jem in particular moments in his life that have shaped him in to the person he becomes at the end of the novel.

Jem demonstrates a drastic transformation from the exposition to the denouement. At the commencement of the novel, he engages in childish games involving Dill and Scout. However, as the story progresses, Harper develops Jem’s character and Jem begins to ignore and avoid Scout’s immaturity. He comes to realize that Maycomb County has a negative outlook on a person’s skin colour. Jem can be considered a young man by the end of chapter thirty-one because he experiences the truth of what was hidden from him as a child, Racism, intolerance and dishonesty. “It was Jem’s turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears…‘It ain’t right, he muttered”’ (212). Jem went through a change in, a short period of time that several boys his age do not encounter in a similar way. Although, it is very normal for boys Jem’s age to be somewhat affected by events and people in their life.

Events and people are known to have impressive effects on the youth which shape them for the future, it can be in a positive or negative manner. In Jem’s case, his interactions are positive. The major event that affects Jem is the court case of Tom Robinson. This case allows Jem to identify the racial views, and intolerance of Maycomb Counties white population towards black people. This event hits Jem hard emotionally and he is shocked to see the people he once thought of as perfect are quite the opposite. ‘“Jem was suddenly furious, he leaped off the bed, grabbed me by the collar and shook me. ‘I never wanta hear about that courthouse again, ever, ever you hear me?’” (247). Mrs. Dubose also has a profound effect on Jem. After breaking her camellia flowers,...

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