The coming of age shown throughout the book "To Kill A Mocking Bird" by Harper Lee

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The coming of age of Jem, Jeremy Finch, is shown in many ways

through out the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. He changes

socially. He changes mentally. His feelings change emotionally. He also

changes to become more of an adult figure. Another way he changes is that

he changes physically.

Jem changes through out the book socially by the way he starts having

better feelings toward other people. There are many times when Jem start

feeling bad for other people in the story, like when him and scout get in a

fight but even though their mad at each other he still is grow up enough to

know that he should say 'Night, Scout.' There are also many other

incidents, like when he goes out and teaches Dill how to swim. Jem also goes

through some bad social change when he turns 'twelve. He is difficult to live

with, inconsistent, and moody.'(115).

These are only a few of the things that

Jem does to show that he is growing up in his social ways.

Mental change is another type of change that Jem goes through. Jem

start to think like an adult as he gets older in the book. He shows it at the

trial of Tim Robinson when the jury is in the jury room and he starts to talk to

Reverend Sykes. He starts saying thing about the trial and Reverend Sykes

ask him not to talk like that in front of Scout. Which shows that he knows

what he is talking about.(see page 208-209). There is also the time when he

had to go and read to Mrs. Dubose which he later finds out about her drug

addiction which he fully understands. So those are ways he changes mentally.

Jem changes physically in...