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To Kill a Mocking Bird To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee centres around how the main character Atticus Finch deals with the controversy surrounding the actions and how he tries to shelter his family from it My essay shall focus in to one of the younger main characters Jem Finch and how the problems throughout the novel change him Jem Finch is one of the most important and complex characters in the novel Over the course of the novel his behaviour and his relationship with his sister Scout changes dramatically In the story To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee a trial tears apart a town and the Finches are caught right in the middle of it This event and other small occurrences that take place in this novel forever change Jem He is suddenly introduced to the adult world and it changes the way he and Scout act towards each other Jem and Scouts relationship changes as Jem becomes too wise for her also he becomes more mature and begins to resemble his father Atticus At the beginning of the story several instances show that Jem thought and acted like a child The greatest evidence of Jems child-like acts comes when he Scout and Dill are playing games about Boo Radley Jem says Youre too scared to even put your big toe in the front yard Although seemingly irrelevant this childish insult does show how immature Jem is At this point in the novel Jem and Scout are at about the same intellectual stage However things change as Jem starts to hit puberty He begins to act differently as well as think and speak differently When Scout says Reckon hes got a tapeworm To Atticus about Jems odd behaviour it is the turning point intellectually between Jem and Scout Scout is too young to realize that Jem is going through puberty Jem has gotten smarter all of
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