Jem Mature In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness” - Eckhart Tolle. Though it’s been debated whether Jem or Scout have changed or matured the most in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, it’s obvious that Jem did because of the experiences that he went through in Maycomb. Throughout the book, Jem starts to quickly mature, he no longer fears Boo, and overall he becomes a young gentle-man that is more aware of the outer world.

To begin with, one of the first indications of Jem maturning was when he stopped Scout from spontaneously killing an insect she found.To illustrate, Scout being the childish one wanted to squish a roly-poly bug she found outside of the house. Jem then stops her from killing
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Nathan put cement in the tree, Atticus, and he did it to stop us findin’ things---he’s crazy, I reckon, like they say, but Atticus I swear to God he ain’t ever harmed us, he coulda cut my throat from ear to ear that night but he tried to mend my pants instead---he ain’t ever hurt us, Atticus---“(Lee 96)Slowly, Jem realizes that it is Boo’s way of communicating with them. Boo carves the children in wood; then, he mends Jem’s pants when he tears them. Miss Maudie’s house catches fire and during the excitement then Boo places a blanket around the shoulders of Scout. He quickly tries to explain to Atticus that Boo isn’t someone they should fear.In other words, Jem understands that Boo is not a dangerous man, but someone that wants to have a friendship. Boo’s father cements the hole in the tree which was the connection between Boo and the children. Nathan Radley lies to the children and tells them that he did it because the tree is dying. Jem realizes that Boo’s father did it because he did not want Boo to be able to put things in the tree and communicate with the children. Jem realizes that Boo means no harm, and so he no longer fears him. Jem’s change in attitude toward Boo Radley portrays his movement toward …show more content…
In the end of the novel, Scout is explaining the events of the Gray Ghost. She says, “When they finally saw him, why he hadn't done any of those things . . . Atticus, he was real nice. . . ." His hands were under my chin, pulling up the cover, tucking it around me. "Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them." He turned out the light and went into Jem's room. He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning” (376).Atticus tells Scout that most people are nice once you finally see them. When Scout finally meets Boo, she no longer views him as a monster, but as a normal human being. As Scout falls asleep, she tells Atticus about the events of The Gray Ghost, a comic book in which one of the characters is accused of committing a crime. When he is finally caught, however, his innocence is revealed. As Scout sleepily explains the story to Atticus, saying that the character was “real nice” when “they finally saw him,” Atticus notes the truth of that observation.This may be one of the few parts of the story where Scout truly shows understandment of something. Jem had already understood that Boo was not a dangerous man, and that he was not someone to fear, in the middle of the