Scout And Jem's Newfound Maturity Essay

818 words - 3 pages

Scout and Jem's Newfound MaturityHarper Lee's prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird describes the life experiences of Scout and Jem Finch in the small county of Maycomb. A series of events shake their innocence free to give way to newfound maturity. Lee demonstrates how Jem grows up to be more like his father and learns about the harsh injustice in the world, while Scout grows to have a better understanding of the people in Maycomb as well as understanding her social role in society. As the Finch kids mature, so do the people around them.Jem undergoes many changes throughout the novel, turning him from a child to a responsible young man. When the story first begins, Jem's definition of bravery was to simply go up and touch the Radley porch just because Dill dared him to, and "In all his life, Jem had never declined a dare."(Lee, 11). However, Jem soon discovers from Atticus that true bravery is when you stand up for what you believe in and "simply because [you] were licked a hundred years before [you] started is no reason for [you] not to try to win."(Lee, 69). This statement inspires Jem to even go as far as defy Atticus and not go home when the lynch mob confronted Atticus. Jem also experiences the injustice and unfairness present in the world as he watched Tom Robinson's trial come to a verdict. "It was Jem's turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd."(Lee, 193). Jem's initial impression of Boo Radley was rather ridiculous, "Boo was about six-and- a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were bloodstained."(Lee, 10). Jem believed the town's prejudices of Boo and depicted him as a monster, thus showing his lack of respect. As he matures however, he becomes more compassionate and conscientious towards other people's feelings so he is able to see that Boo Radley is actually kind-hearted, he was even "going to give a note to Boo Radley"(Lee, 41) expressing his thanks.In response to Jem's change, Scout loses her innocence and learns to be more accepting of the people around her. On Scout's first day of school, she gets off to a bad start by trying to explain Walter Cunningham's situation, but the teacher only yells at her. Due to Scout's loss of composure, she proceeds...

Find Another Essay On Scout and Jem's Newfound Maturity

Growing up and the changes of Jem and Scout

548 words - 2 pages Growing up and the changes of Jem and ScoutThe theme of maturity and formation of personality is one of most important one in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by American author Harper Lee. This is the story about the people of Maycomb city, Alabama which is narrated by six-year-old girl Jean Finch, or Scout as she is usually called in the book.Through Scout's eyes, we enter in the world of 1930s America where Afro-Americans have limited rights

The Moral Nature of Human Beings in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

861 words - 3 pages Atticus is at work. Scout and Jem's summer playmate, Dill Harris, shares the Finch children's adventures and adds imagination and intrigue to their game playing and their own lives. In this novel, Scout grows in awareness and comes to new understandings about her town, her family, and even herself. However, this novel isn’t completely centered around Scout. Jem also has a major role in Scout’s story. Jem shows his love and care toward others

to kill a mockingbird essay

638 words - 3 pages names Arthur and he's alive." Shows that Miss Maudie does not follow the town's rumors and humanizes "Boo" Radley by giving him a name. Miss Maudie changes Scout and Jem's view on Arthur Radley and Teaches them that it is important to treat people equally. "Miss Maudie's hand closed tightly on mine, and I said nothing," Miss Maudie teaches Scout to act like a woman and helps her make the correct decisions. "if you learn a simple trick, Scout

To Kill A Mockingbird: Innocence

576 words - 2 pages horrors of the Tom Robinson trial. At the end of the novel, Scout demonstrates her maturity when she finally is able to distinguish Boo Radely the game, from Boo Radley the man. Scout fantasizes about seeing Boo, and meeting him in the street, to offer comfort and solace. Near the end of the novel, Scout tends to think of Boo in a different way. Scout finally recognizes Boo as a person and she makes connections that she wasn‘t previously able

"To Kill a Mockingbird" Summary and diction

746 words - 3 pages avocations imply that Boo is a criminal, a psycho, and a maniac. He's not the crazy man everybody thinks he is. He does nothing wrong, but is out there to help people. He puts a blanket on Scout at the fire at Mrs. Maudies's house and the most important thing of all saves Scout's and Jem's lives. Scout learns from Boo at the end of book the lesson of innocence and patience.Throughout the story running into an enormous amount of different people, learning lessons from those superior to her, Scout learns empathy, compassion and understanding for everyday life.


1464 words - 6 pages or essentially evil. The novel approaches this question by dramatizing Scout and Jem's transition from a perspective of childhood innocence, in which they assume that people are good because they have never seen evil, to a more adult perspective, in which they have confronted evil and must incorporate it into their understanding of the world. As a result of this portrayal of the transition from innocence to experience, one of the book's


560 words - 2 pages bottle in the hand of-oh, of your father."Paraphrase Atticus' speech about the Radleys' right to privacy. Do you agree with this point of view? Why?Chapter 6What reasons do Jem and Dill give for trying to peek into the Radley window on this particular night?What final statement by Jem makes Scout finally go along with the plan?After the incident, Jem's real desire is not to recover his pants but to keep on good terms with his father. What does this

To Kill A Mockingbird The Maturing of Jem Finch

1163 words - 5 pages , Jem no longer plays with his sister Scout, but he is doing so at this point and he would appear to anyone as one child playing with his sister. Lastly, Jem has childhood fears like most any child does. All children have their fears or monsters. In Jem's case it i rthur Radley, commonly known as Boo:       " Let's try and make him come out..."       Jem said if he wanted to get himself killed, all he

"To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee: How Jem and Scout matured throughout the novel

840 words - 3 pages knowing why Boo never left his house at first, Jem, Dill and Scout tried many cruel things like trying to slip a letter into the Radley house using a fishing pole. Atticus, Jem's dad, told them many times to leave the Radleys alone but they refused to listen. They even went into the Radleys' yard to try and get a look at Boo through the window and Jem came close to being shot by Mr. Nathan Radley, Boo's brother. After being told many times by Atticus

The Kids' Notion of Boo Radley

851 words - 3 pages ; rather he is extending a hand of friendship to the kids, but even this opportunity has been seized from him by his elder brother. Jem feels that Boo Radley is being kept in by force, and is not allowed to come out even though he has expressed the desire to do so. This marks a major change in Jem's notion of Boo Radley, although Scout is unaffected. Later, when Miss Maudie's house is burning to pieces, and Scout and Jem stand in front of the

An essay on the development of Jem and Scout through the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird", and their influences.

885 words - 4 pages to have fun and to stay out of trouble. But along the way, they also learn many important things. Although the majority of their hometown is prejudiced, Scout and Jem's innocent minds remain non prejudice and caring of others. To them, all is equal, so therefore, all should be treated equal.Calpurnia is the first individual in the novel to introduce a sense of racial bias to that of Jem and Scout. Calpurnia had always been viewed as a mother

Similar Essays

To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee The Maturity Of Scout And Jem In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

563 words - 2 pages choice but to receive it and work his best for his client. The case was about an African man, named Tom Robinson, who was accused of raping a white woman.Throughout the story the reader sees how Scout and Jem are afraid of Boo because they think he is a monster and try to tease him. They try to play tricks on Boo. Later in the novel they are no longer afraid of him and are no longer interested in teasing him.Another example of their maturity is

"To Kill A Mocking Bird" By Harper Lee.

2408 words - 10 pages warned Jem to be a gentleman because she was old and sick, but one day shetold the children that Atticus was not any better than the trash he works for,and Jem lost his temper. Jem took a baton from Scout and destroyed all of Mrs. Dubose'scamellia bushes. As punishment, Jem had to read to her every day for a month. Mrs.Dubose died a little more than a month after Jem's punishment ended. Atticus revealed toJem that she was addicted to morphine

Jem's Loss Of Innocence Essay

675 words - 3 pages . Jem's young mine begins to mature as he ages but the events of his life also trigger the beginning of his growth.As the years pass by, Jem Finch's maturity grows along with it. Jem becomes more serious, and doesn't enjoy playing games and telling stories. As he enters this pre-pubescent stage, his mood and personality changes a lot. As described by Scout, " Jem was twelve. He was difficult to live with, inconsistent, and moody" (p.115). This

How Scout Develops From A Tomboy To A Young Lady In To Kill A Mockingbird

1183 words - 5 pages great respect towards her brother. When Scout misses her cue for the Halloween pageant she says that Jem was becoming almost as good as Atticus at making you feel right when things went wrong (Lee, 259). Since Jem enjoys doing "manly" things, Scout does them as well for she does not know any better and she wants to gain Jem's respect for her. As time goes by, Jem starts to mature himself, from an irresponsible boy to a sensitive, gentlemen, Mister