To Kill a Mockingbird
How does Jem and Scout change during the course of the novel? How do they stay the same?
Through the perspectives of Jem and Scout Finch, the world’s famous classic, Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”, explores adults’ discrimination towards race and colour, as Atticus Finch defends a Negro. Caught in the midst of it all, his children were forced to experience the severe consequences. Reluctant at first, Jem and Scout took everything to heart, but over a period of time, they gradually learnt to tolerate it as they grow into maturity.
Throughout the novel, Jem Finch had transformed from an impulsive, mischievous boy into a responsible, thoughtful grown up. “No’, said Miss Stephanie. “Shot in the air. Scared him pale though. Says if anybody sees… swiftly in front of Jem. “Yawl, write, hear?” he bawled after us.’ (pp.60 – 61) In the first part of the novel, Jem was almost caught for spying on his neighbors. This was a very foolish act from Jem as he should have known better than to infiltrate someone else’s property. But in the second half the novel, Jem seems to have evolved immensely. “You oughta let your mother know where you are”, said Jem. “You oughta let your mother know you’re… without your mother knowing’.” (pp. 155 – 156). Jem has good potential in notifying Atticus of Dill’s arrival. Even though, it meant betraying his friend’s loyalty, Jem had made the right decision. Jem’s rapid development had introduced him to the injustice of the adult world.
Although, Jem had made a miraculous transition, Scout had her own story. “Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope... He didn’t mind me much the way I do”. (p. 90) Aunt Alexandra was concerned about Scout physically and mentally. She thinks Scout should dress and behave more in a ladylike way, even though Scout was just satisfied with the way she was. With this in mind, Aunt Alexandra decided to lend a hand. “Jem’s growing up now and...
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