Who Is Jem Mature In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Going from an infant to an adult is a struggle for most human beings no matter what period of time you live in. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Jem manages to do it at an early age. He tries to understand in his own mind how cruel mankind can be. The readers see Jem change from a 10 year-old to a thirteen-year old. Jem matures greatly in the book To Kill a Mockingbird. His relationship with his sister, Scout, changes throughout the book, he begins to understand what Atticus is starting to go through, even his friends, and family start to notice how he is growing up. Jem’s relationship with Scout drastically changes throughout the book. He starts to treat his sister, Scout, differently. Scout states “Overnight, it seemed, jem had acquired an alien set of values and was trying to impose them on me: several times he went so far as to tell me what to do” (153). By this he was trying to act like he was in more control than her, even though he was just a couple…show more content…
Many of his friends and family notice the little stage he was going through. Towards the later half of the book their Aunt Alexandra moves in for a bit and she notices the little change in him. She comments “Jems growing up now” (169). Scout deals a lot with Jem’s maturity. She tried explaining to Calpurnia about they he has been acting towards her. Calpurnia tries to explain “I just can't help it if Mister Jem’s growin’ up” (153-154). In the book, Dill had somehow snuck into the Finches house and hid under the bed. He had run away from his home and Jem thought it was best to tell Atticus about what was happening, even though Scout, and Dill told him not to. That is a mature thing to do because not many kids would tell their parents about something like that especially when their friends tell them not to. That shows Dill and Scout how he is starting to do the right thing more often even if it goes against their
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