"To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee: How Jem and Scout matured throughout the novel

Essay by McCheatyJunior High, 9th gradeA+, January 2007

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To Kill a Mockingbird: "The Timeless Classic of Growing Up, and the Human Dignity That Unites Us All." Harper Lee demonstrated both the harsh and the happy moments a brother and sister, Jem and Scout, encountered growing up. As the years went by, the two of them witnessed some events that taught them many significant life lessons. Two of those lessons were about kindness and responsibility. As Jem matures in the novel, the events that occur in the small Southern town of Maycomb affect him more than his little sister.

During the summers, when Dill would come to visit, Jem was dared to touch the Radleys' house. From that point on, Dill and Jem were always making plans about getting Boo Radley to come out of his house. They made many rumours about Arthur (Boo) Radley and how he stabbed his father with a pair of scissors. They thought Arthur was crazy because he never came outside.

Not knowing why Boo never left his house at first, Jem, Dill and Scout tried many cruel things like trying to slip a letter into the Radley house using a fishing pole. Atticus, Jem's dad, told them many times to leave the Radleys alone but they refused to listen. They even went into the Radleys' yard to try and get a look at Boo through the window and Jem came close to being shot by Mr. Nathan Radley, Boo's brother. After being told many times by Atticus, Jem finally realised that Arthur Radley had his reasons not to leave his house. When Jem's Aunt Alexandra came to live with Jem, Atticus and Scout, she wasn't very nice towards Scout, but even then, Jem always told his sister to be respectful. "Don't do that Scout. Set him out on the back steps." Jem was...