Maturity And Immaturity Shown In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Maturity and Immaturity Shown in To Kill A MockingbirdKelsey VodhanelHonors English IMrs. Kou4/10Imagine that a girl gets an awful grade on her history exam. She lies to her parents about the test, saying she got an A when really, she failed. Her parents congratulate her on her test score at first, but then later check her grades online and find out that she lied. The girl gets in trouble for the bad grade, and on top of that, she gets into even more trouble for lying. This example proves that owning up to your mistakes is very important and can be helpful in the long run in becoming a responsible adult. Harper Lee displays this very valuable lesson in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Certain characters show maturity in the story by acknowledging their mistakes and learning from them in order to prevent bigger problems in the future and allowing them to take responsibility for their own lives.The children in the novel display maturity because they learn from their experiences. Jem shows this type of mature quality by going back to the Radley house to get his pants back after getting them caught in the fence. He knows that danger lurks by going back to the house, considering he almost got shot, but decides to risk his life and only goes back so that he does not disappoint his father, Atticus. Atticus has never punished Jem in his life and Jem wants "to keep it that way" (75) and realizes that he "shouldn'a done that tonight" (75). Jem behaves immaturely at first by going toBoo Radley's house in order to sneak a look at Boo through the window, but after losing his pants as he escapes, he understands the wrongness of his initial act. His decision of going back to get his pants demonstrates maturity because he holds himself accountable for his mistake and tries to correct it despite the danger. Another example of maturity shown in the novel presents itself when the children start to understand Boo Radley. Earlier in the novel, Jem, Scout, and Dill regard Boo Radley as a monster who dines on raw cats and squirrels, but a change in perspective changes Boo from an evil spirit to a guardian angel. Scout begins to understand that "…you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them" (374). She moves past her first impression...

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