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To Kill A Mockingbird The book To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee is considered to be a timeless classic that deals with such sensitive themes such as prejudice human dignity social classes and maturity Maturity that word has a different meaning for all of us Maturity as I see it is an understanding that comes to people with experience and not age but the two usually seem to go together but not always Many people talk about the experiences that Scout goes through and the maturity that she achieves in the book but they dont pay attention to the other characters that grow up or mature in the story The next most obvious person in the book that drastically matures is Jem At the beginning of the book Jem is much like Scout in that he has the innocence of a young child For example Jem tells Scout and Dill various made-up stories about Boo Radley to satisfy his need for excitement in his life and for the childish need to scare Scout and Dill His immaturity is also mirrored when he makes up a game in which he puts Boos lifes history on display for the edification of the neighborhood After that he shows his lack of being able to control his temper and lack of respect when he destroys Miss Duboses camellias There is no doubt that Jem was immature at the start of this book but as the book progresses we see a drastic change in him Jem begins to mature or understand life more after Scout Dill and himself enter the Radleys yard and attempt to peek through the shutters He loses his pants and decides to go back for them he justifies doing this by saying Atticus aint never whipped me since I can remember I wanna keep it that way There is an understanding or maturity in what he says there Atticus would whip him
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