To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, reveals the development of Jem's character throughout the novel. The reader watches Jem undergo a metamorphosis during the three years that the novel spans. Boo Radley, Jem's family, and the Tom Robinson trial, shape Jem into what he becomes by the end of the book.

At the beginning of the novel, Jem was an immature little boy, and was curious about Boo Radley. Because he was a young child, Jem was fascinated with the unknown. Hence the many plots he came up with to try and bring Boo out the Radley house. After Jem met Dill Harris, Dill dared him to touch the side of the Radley house. Despite this, Jem still ran past it every day for school, because of the rumors surrounding Boo. Jem described Boo as being six and a half feet tall, his diet consisted of raw squirrels and cats, and said that he had bloodstained hands. This illustrates Jem's childish imagination. Jem would never show fear in front of Scout, so he ran up and touched the house. From what Jem has heard of Boo, he pieced together a play about the life of Boo. The children act out Boo stabbing his father, being taken to jail, and other events that Boo was rumored to have done. At this point in time, Jem does not have the slightest inclination that in doing this, the children would offend the Radleys. Later on, when the novelty of acting wore off, they decide to try and lure Boo out of his house. They tried and stick a note through his shutters that offered Boo an ice - cream cone if he would come out. Obviously Jem is too immature to realize that no one was keeping Boo inside, and that it was very childish to think that the promise of an ice cream would make him want to come out. But it was not until Dill's final night in town that Jem learned that Boo was not a monster. The children were scared off while Jem looked trough the window on the Radley porch. As they ran away, Jem's pants snagged the fence, and Jem ran away pant less. Later that night he went back...
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