Theme Of Maturity In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Leading the reader to the realisation that maturity is one theme the author wants to express, is the presentation of maturity in various shapes and forms. The way Scout describes Jem as “[someone who] had acquired a set of values” (Lee 153) implies the evolution which Jem was subjected to. As it is deductible by Jem’s reaction to the news of Mrs Dubose’s death, how “[he] buried his face in Atticus’s shirt” (Lee 148) and cried, the event impacted Jem enormously, which consequently is the reason of his sudden growth. Additionally, it is possible to see Jem maturing by him breaking “the remaining code of [Scout, Dill and Jem’s] childhood” (Lee 187) and telling Atticus about Dill running from his house. Also how he separates himself from Dill and…show more content…
An example of this is the conflict between Atticus and a group of drunk men, among which Mr Cunningham. The event contains features of both an internal and external conflict. When Tom Robinson is transferred to the jail in Maycomb, a group of drunk men decides to go to his cell and make him pay for the crime he supposedly committed. To do so, the men have to pass through Atticus and his series of “do you really think so?” (Lee 202), which aim is to distract the attackers and compel them to realise the consequences of their actions. While the confrontation happened, Jem, Dill and Scout escaped the confinement of Finch’s house and saw the whole encounter. Scout, not completely comprehending the seriousness of the situation, at that moment “ran as fast as [she] could” (Lee 202) towards her father, with Jem trailing behind trying to stop her. Atticus tries to convince Jem to bring Scout back to their house, but Jem explores his newly-found maturity and opposes to the wishes of the father, “[shaking] his head” (Lee 203) and not moving by an inch. Innocently, Scout begins a conversation with Mr Cunningham about his son, Walter. “He’s in my grade” (Lee 205), states Scout completely oblivious to the tension-filled environment. Scout’s…show more content…
Already from the first quote where Scout refers to Jem as “my brother” (Lee 3), the readers realize that the book is told in first person. The use of first person enhances and simplifies the creation of a bond between the reader and the character. Differently from third person, where feelings, thoughts and emotions are told by the author, in a good first-person viewpoint, the emotions should be felt without the need to describe them. One occasion in which the author does that is when Atticus, urged by his sister, decided to give to Jem and Scout the speech about them being Finch and that they “are not run-of-the-mill people” (Lee 177). The unusual speech coming from Atticus’ mouth startled Scout and sent her into a crisis state where his actions “stung [her]” (Lee 178) and her tears “could not stop” (Lee
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