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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 living room 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 of the book. It went from an obsession to 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 that Boo was giving them little hidden presents, and they realized that he is the one who folded and sewed together Jem’s pants. He showed an unconditional love that most people his age would not show. When Boo saved the children’s lives, he proved that he loved them. He was so kind that he risked his own life for the children, and that is why Scout grows to loved him, instead of being tremendously scared of him.

Jem’s faith in truth and justice is very badly damaged. When the shameful courtroom proceedings are over he retreats into a troubled state of deep disillusionment. Prejudice and racism do not make any sense to Jem, because he never noticed it in his environment. He does not understand why all of this is happening.

The kids matured a lot during the course of this book, especially Scout. She went from a six-year-old child with no knowledge of the real world to an about ten-year-old who had a lot of life’s most important lessons shown to her at a very young age. They had to learn, very quickly, that life would not always be easy, fun and fare. We cannot let children face the ugliness that they learned. It was too much, too fast, even for Scout who is so smart. We must show love to everyone so that children will show love back.

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