Character Analysis Of To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Harper Lee’s renowned book To Kill a Mockingbird is highly praised for the lessons it teaches, it’s persuasive humor and how it tells a story of growth. It tells the story of Scout Finch as she learns and and grows in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s. Scout has a brother, Jem, who leads scout on adventures and through trials as they are taught about racism, empathy and courage. Scout's perspective allows a look into how growing up in her circumstances has affected her personally. (need another sentence here to lead to thesis) Harper Lee uses the characterization of Jem to show an alternate insight to growing up through the way he strays from being moral, how he tries to be more independent, and by when he reaches his breaking point. When Jem values his pride over doing what is moral it shows how growing has affected him differently than Scout. This occurs when Jem isi dared to touch the house of Boo Radley, a man he is afraid of. Scout narrates as she says, “ ‘ I suppose he loved honor more than his head, for Dill wore him down easily: ‘You’re scared’ Dill said the first day,”(Lee 16). Jem is immortal by not respecting the Radley’s privacy and making entertainment out of ignoring their desire to be left alone. Jem values pride and honor over doing what is right, so he unable to back down from any dare. If Scout had been in this situation she would have reacted differently as she does not make decisions based on pride, even though she and Jem grow up facing the same situations. This shows alternate insight on what it is like to grow up as Jem and Scout make decisions differently as Jem is controlled by pride. Alternate insight to growing up is given as Jem strives to be more independent and mature, while still depends on others. After finding that Mr. Nathan had ended Jem and Scouts sole connection with Boo Radley, Jem is aghast. When Scout asks him to come in he respounds saying, “ ‘After while,’ He stood until nightfall, and I waited for him, When we went in the house I saw that he had been crying; his face was dirty in the right places, but I thought it odd that i had not heard him,”(Lee 84). Jem is distraught, not able to grasp why someone would be so cruel, and yet he doesn’t seek
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