To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis

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The Growth of Thinking
How does one’s mentality grow as they get older? Many people start gaining a more mature outlook as they get older, from realizing that Santa is fake or that the government is corrupt. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the characters grow up as the story progresses, both literally and figuratively. Harper Lee uses the characterizations of Jem extreme naïvete, Scout’s interesting adult reactions, and the way Boo Radley is viewed to show how the opinions of others will change as people learn more about them.

Jem starts maturing mentally as he evolves his thinking from that all people in his small town are decent human beings to most people in Maycomb are not upstanding citizens. During the court case of Tom Robinson and the Ewells just a bit past the part where Atticus asks Bob Ewell, Jem makes a small comment of his opinions, “He was pounding the balcony rail softly, and once he whispered, “we’ve got him. ”(238). Jem somehow thinks that the court case would be easy as his father essentially had the Ewells on the ropes. He thought that maybe the white jury in a place like Maycomb which is located in Alabama would be the jury that would be the change, siding with the African American instead of the white person which exposes Jem’s extreme naïveness. After the jury returns to the courtroom after several hours and the judge is polling the jury for their results, “ Judge Taylor was polling the jury: “Guilty… guilty… guilty… guilty…” I peeked at Jem: his hands were

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