To Kill a Mocking Bird - Character Development

1621 Words Dec 2nd, 2011 7 Pages
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee shows that we must treat others without judgment and insolence by using the character development of Scout and Jem Finch. She expresses the maturation of the two in a racist and hostile society. The journey these two characters go on is short, and a new mentality is somewhat forced upon them in unpleasant circumstances, however these strong two pull through. They learn to understand society and how to live in it. They learn life lessons through their father Atticus, and how “Most people are nice when you finally see them” (p.284). Thanks to Atticus’ wisdom and raising, Scout comes a long way from her immature self at the beginning of the novel in realizing that humanity has great evil, but also has …show more content…
Then, Scout overhears her teacher saying that it was good thing Tom Robinson was convicted because the blacks were getting too “high and mighty”. This meaning that it is okay to persecute blacks and that she was contradicting herself. This disturbs Scout and prompts her to think a lot. Later in the novel, Scout learns to restrain herself from fistfights, which shows a great deal of respect for others because she is now putting herself in their shoes. She learned from Atticus that there are other ways to solve your differences and get out your anger. Although in the beginning Jem is childish with a vivid imagination, over time he faces many difficulties until he finally begins to show maturity as he advances into adulthood. As Jem sets his mind into describing Boo Radley, his imagination goes out of hand as he portrays Boo as a “phantom” with "long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time”(13). One of the most obvious signs of immaturity is that every single child all has a broad extensive imagination filled with fantasy and wonders. Evidently, because of Jem's wild imagination and his creativity in making absurd notions of Boo's appearance, it proves that at the current state he remains immature. However, when Jem discovers Dill's arrival at their house, he immediately demands for