Throughout the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, many characters change their views of life. Undergoing obstacles changed the lives and perspectives of the characters in the novel. As times change in a person’s life so do their perspective of life. Jem, Scout, and Dill have various adventures that mature them, and allow them to understand how the world works in the mind of an adult. The children’s mind slowly transforms from understanding situations like an adult to having the mind of an adult.
In effect, Jem begins to mature by going off on his own and preferring to be alone. “Jem was growing. I must be patient with him and disturb him as little as possible,” scout narrated (153). Scout was beginning to realize how Jem was starting to advance at a faster pace. Scout saw his advances when she recognized him being more detached from her. Jem was now becoming a teenager and was more likely to be moody and irate. “In addition to Jem’s newly developed characteristics he had a maddening air of wisdom,” Scout narrated (155). Jem is beginning to demonstrate to the people around him that he is understanding his environment. The Maycomb air is now becoming easier for Jem to breathe and interpret. Jem’s family is seeing Jem the man he is becoming and going to be.
In addition, Dill begins to realize how the world is not always justifiable. “Well, Dill, after all he’s just a negro,” said Scout. “I don’t care one speck. It ain’t right, somehow it ain’t right to do ‘em that was,” replied Dill (266). Scout and Dill were conversing over Tom Robinson’s cross – examination in court. Dill believes that it is not fair to think of someone being lesser than someone else because of their skin tone. Mr. Raymond starts to point out that Dill cried, offended Dill states, “Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they’re people too” (269). Dill is amazed of the cruelty of human beings. He understands how the world is biased and nothing can be...
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