To Kill A Mockingbird: Character Development

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“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a novel written by Harper Lee, which follows from the eyes of a young girl, Scout Finch, the results of prejudice in a town in the deep south of the US, Maycomb County. Jem Finch, the older brother of Scout, clearly developes throughout the course of the novel, as a result of the discrimination to two central characters.

At the beginning of the novel, Jem Finch, along with Scout and their friend Dill, are immature due to their young age. This is shown by how they believe the rumours of Arthur ‘Boo’ Radley, which describe him as a “malevolent phantom” who dines on dead rabbits and cats, as well as attacking his mother with a pair of scissors. The children have no ...view middle of the document...

As they find more gifts, it is make clear to Jem that Boo Radley is giving them these gifts. When Nathan Radley fills the hole in with cement, Jem is upset - “I noticed that he had been crying” - this shows us that Jem has understood what Boo Radley is actually like - he is really caring, Jem is probably upset at the guilt of his belief of rumours - this foreshadows Scout’s development, as after the court case, she finally understands who Boo Radley really is - “we had given him nothing, and it made me sad”. Another event which demonstrates Jem’s understanding of Boo Radley is when him and Scout realises that Boo had put a blanket around Scout at the fire - a caring action, something which Scout again fails to understand and reacts with disgust - “my stomach turned to water”, but Jem realises the significance - “he ain’t ever harmed us, he ain’t ever hurt is” - this simply further implies Jem’s growth and development as a character, as he begins to understand who mockingbirds actually are, and why they shouldn’t be killed.
In the court case, Jem’s hopes for the success of Tom...

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