How Jem Changes

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“People change when their minds have opened”(Steven Aitchison) . In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, there is many themes such as changing. Many of the characters change but Jem changes drastically. Jem changes by going from an immature boy, to a very mature, caring, young adult. In the beginning of the novel, Jem was characterized as a very immature boy, but later on in the book he starts to act like a young adult. For example, when Scout was being disrespectful to her Auntie, Jem said “you antagonize Aunty and I'll-I’ll spank you”(Lee 184). Usually only adults scold the children. As Jem scolds Scout, he shows that he is old enough to tell her what is wrong and when to stop. As Jem gets older he continues to mature into a young adult that is capable of doing the same things as any other adult around him. In addition to Jem growing into a young adult, he…show more content…
For example Scout never really noticed people's feelings or what they go through, but she explains that “one time Atticus said you never really [know] a man until you stood in his shoes and walked around in them” (Lee 374). Scout starts to realize what people go through and she starts to pay more attention to people. As Scout listens to her father, Atticus, she takes other people's feelings into consideration. Although people may argue that Scout changed more, Jem changed the most throughout the novel. Jem grows and matures the most over the three years that this novel takes place. He explains that he's “ and beginning to understand…. why Boo Radley stayed shut up in the house all this time… it's because he wants to stay inside (Lee 304). When Jem tells Scout, he notices how he's been treating Boo, he realizes that Boo is a very good person that never hurts anyone. Jem is noticing this about Boo, shows that he is now old enough to notice the things he wasn't able to notice two years
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