Harper Lee Character Analysis To Kill A Mockingbird

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Maggie Jones To Kill a Mockingbird Analysis Essay Being a child, contrary to the beliefs of many adults, is difficult. They must learn how to act and react in certain situations. As they learn these things, their character develops and they come to age. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses character development to illustrate the process in which the main protagonists – Jem and Scout – come of age. When the audience first meets Jem, they learn he is a stubborn, adventurous, young boy with idealistic beliefs. Jem came of age and his character developed throughout the novel, he learned about many things he was unaware of before. He creates a game for Dill, Scout and himself to play called “Boo Radley”, based on the rumors the town believes about Mr. Arthur Radley. Jem does not understand why his father, Atticus does not want him to play this game. He is too young to understand why it is insensitive. “What are you all playing?’ he asked. ‘Nothing,’ said Jem. Jem’s evasion told me our game was a secret so I kept quiet… Does this by any chance have anything to do with the Radleys?’ ‘No sir,’ said Jem, reddening.” (Lee, 53). While Jem lacks the knowledge of why his actions are uncouth, he is not unaware of this fact and sophomorically tries to hide the fact he is doing something wrong. However, later in the story Jem says “Atticus, no sir!’ Jem seemed to have lost his mind. He began pouring out our…show more content…
They become more aware of their community and the world around them. They had their eyes widened by the injustice towards them and others in their community. Even though after the events of the story, Jem and Scout are still as stubborn as they were in their youth but they are left wiser (Lee, 3). These children were influenced by the actions of the people around them. What kind of influence do you have on the children in your
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