The Coming Of Age Shown Throughout The Book "To Kill A Mocking Bird" By Harper Lee

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The coming of age of Jem, Jeremy Finch, is shown in many waysthrough out the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. He changessocially. He changes mentally. His feelings change emotionally. He alsochanges to become more of an adult figure. Another way he changes is thathe changes physically.Jem changes through out the book socially by the way he starts havingbetter feelings toward other people. There are many times when Jem startfeeling bad for other people in the story, like when him and scout get in afight but even though their mad at each other he still is grow up enough toknow that he should say 'Night, Scout.' There are also many otherincidents, like when he goes out and teaches Dill how to swim. Jem also goesthrough some bad social change when he turns 'twelve. He is difficult to livewith, inconsistent, and moody.'(115). These are only a few of the things thatJem does to show that he is growing up in his social ways.Mental change is another type of change that Jem goes through. Jemstart to think like an adult as he gets older in the book. He shows it at thetrial of Tim Robinson when the jury is in the jury room and he starts to talk toReverend Sykes. He starts saying thing about the trial and Reverend Sykesask him not to talk like that in front of Scout. Which shows that he knowswhat he is talking about.(see page 208-209). There is also the time when hehad to go and read to Mrs. Dubose which he later finds out about her drugaddiction which he fully understands. So those are ways he changes mentally.Jem changes physically in many ways in the story. His hair stuck upbehind and down in front, and I wondered if it would it would ever look like aman's-maybe if he shaved it off and started over, his hair would grow backneatly in place. His eyebrows were becoming heavier, and I noticed a newslimness about his body. He was growing...

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