What Are Jem's Decisions In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Scout and Jem’s decisions were impacted greatly by how much Atticus has taught them. The methods he uses to bring them up are differ greatly, and give his children a very different set of beliefs than the majority of the people of Maycomb. For example, he teaches them about empathy, a ‘skill’ that much of the community does not know. “You can never really understand a person... until you climb into their skin and walk around in it” (39). Atticus teaches his kids how to empathize with someone, giving them an ideal to live by. As a child grows up, a lot of times they inherit their parent’s belief system as well. He will continue his open-,minded accepting attitude into his children, and their future decisions will be affected greatly by Atticus’s…show more content…
This makes it easy to succumb to peer pressure throughout the community. But going along with your peers just because can often get you in trouble, like it did with Jem and Scout often. While Jem and Scout and Dill were still trying so persistently to get Boo Radley to come out, Scout got sucked into the various activities they would do regarding him. Which would often get her caught and in trouble. When Jem tells her what their plan is, her indignance is clear, and she clearly doesn’t want to take part in bothering Boo. Since she’s younger though, she follows her brother. “We are going to give a note to Boo Radley... Just how? Jem-- “Now you’re in it and you can’t get out of it, you’ll just stay in it, Miss Priss!” Scout doesn’t want to bother him or get caught doing it, but that’s how being a little sister goes when Jem’s your older brother. The following instance is what happened when Jem and Scout and Dill got caught. Scout originally didn’t want to be part of acting out Boo’s life, and in the end they got in trouble and a scolding from Atticus. In a way, Scout looks up to Atticus for inspiration and as a major role model in her life him being displeased with her made her a little upset at Jem for sucking her into it. “‘Son’, he said to Jem. “Stop tormenting that man... and that goes for both of you.” Atticus grinned dryly. (65)” Atticus is clearly displeased with their activities because he knows Boo doesn’t want to come out. The children are young so it is hard to explain to them and them fully understand. He tries though, to explain that he doesn’t want them to coax Arthur out of his house. And instead of taking it logically, Scout takes it like he’s upset with them. Even though this is the consequence of peer pressure on a much smaller scale, it is demonstrated other times in Maycomb as well. Mayella Ewell is very much a victim. Of sexual,
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