The Change of Jem and Scout During the Coarse of the Novel
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee we can see Scout and Jem mature and grow. They learned many things, but also lost many things. They learned not to be prejudice like everyone else was in town. They dared to have their own opinion about their father Atticus, Boo Radley and the Tom Robinson trial. As Scout grew up and changed, she began to see how things really were. She lost her innocence when she found this out. She began to see how cruel the world could be to someone who is a little different or strange. She gained the knowledge of the pure hate that one man can show another. The kid’s relationship with Atticus starts out normal. Though, as the story progresses, they recognized he’s different then other men. This shows when Scout says “He did not do the things our schoolmates’ fathers did: he never went hunting, did not play poker or fish or drink or smoke. He sat in the livingroom and read” (pg 89). Atticus had the courage to take the case of a black man, Tom Robinson. It was obvious they didn’t stand a chance going against a white man in court but Atticus did it anyways. He did something that no other man would do, not for the glory, but because he can show a great example to his kids and it is the right thing to do. The kids learned not to be prejudice and not be ashamed if they have friends who are a different race then they are, for example Calpurnia. The way the children’s relationship changed about Boo is probably the most interesting part in the book. It went from an obsession to an unconditional love. First the children believed that anything that comes from the Radley's property is poison. Jem yells at Scout once saying about the Radley property: “Don't you know you're not supposed to even touch the trees over there? You'll get killed if you do!” (pg. 33). The kids didn’t know that Boo admired them, even though he barely knew them. After a while they noticed...
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