To Kill a Mockingbird

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John Doe Freshman English
1:30 Mr. Smith

During the course of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Jem has grown from a childish, playful boy that he was from the start of the novel, to a more calm, collect and mature figure just like his father, Atticus. The author has incorporated the theme of Maturity into the novel through the development of Jem in three key way, he stops pestering the Radley, he stops making ridiculous accusations, and he stops thinking of Atticus as an old man. In the beginning , Jem had no concept of what courage is. His concept of bravery was through the acceptance of dares forced upon him. According to Scout, Jem had "never declined a dare" throughout his entire life. This exhibits his stupidity. Jem accepts dares blindly, he does not think of the consequences of a dare, or about his safety in performing a dare. Also, his ignorance that he was the bravest of all three children led him to commit ridiculous gestures of 'bravery' such as touching the front door of the Radley house, as he "wanted Dill to know once and for all that he wasn't scared of anything". This form of courage is not respected by the adults in Maycomb, evident from the response of Atticus when he heard that the children were causing trouble in the Radley's place, he warned Jem "to mind his own business and let the Radleys mind theirs.” Jem had ridiculous ideas of what Boo Radley looked like. According to Jem , Boo was "six-and-a-half feet tall", "dined on raw squirrels and any cats" and his hands were "blood-stained". In truth, Boo was kind of like Jem, and he was actually a kind-hearted person, but due to the prejudices in Maycomb towards Boo, he was talked about as a monster. This showed his immaturity because even though he knows that these facts are false, he still continues to be ignorant of his beliefs, and does not rationalize with himself that the descriptions of Boo Radley were impossible. Jem...