Being the older sibling, Jem realizes the long-held values of Maycomb, but only as he matures does he understand what it means to have moral integrity. There are many times in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee in which the reader can see Jem’s maturity and his moral values. The first time Jem starts to understand moral integrity is when he is forced to read to Mrs. Dubose. After her death, Atticus explains just how much she was going through, and this information had a great impact on Jem. Jem furthers his knowledge of moral integrity during the trial. Jem believes that Atticus and Tom Robinson have won because he knows that the evidence was strong. Atticus ends up losing, which causes Jem to realize how much men will overlook evidence and the truth just to go against an African American. Lastly, Jem understands moral integrity while watching and learning from Atticus. Atticus firmly believes in ideas such as Tom Robinson’s innocence. He never gave up or fell to other men’s beliefs during the time of the trial, before it, or after it. The first time Jem really starts to understand moral integrity is before the trial when he is forced to read to Mrs. Dubose. Jem destroyed her flowers after she had said nasty things about Atticus. She stated, “Your father’s no better than the nig...s and trash he works for! (p. 135)” It is obvious to the …show more content…
He starts to understand the meaning when he is forced to read to Mrs. Dubose. Jem then goes on to further his knowledge at the trial of Tom Robinson. Finally Jem understands moral integrity throughout the course of the novel by watching his father Atticus. In the beginning of the novel Jem is a rowdy young boy. At the end, Jem has grown and learned. The reader can see this through Jem’s reaction after Scout brings up Hitler. Jem has obviously matured and understood what it means to have moral
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As many people grow up and mature, they start to see their world as it really is. In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Jeremy Atticus (Jem) Finch displays many acts of courage and empathy as he becomes a man. Jem is naive about many issues described in this novel as it begins. Jem is a typical American boy, he’s not one to back down from a dare and is a football fanatic. Like many older siblings, he gets annoyed with his younger sibling, but he still protects Scout and remains her closest friend.
When Atticus find out that Jem, Scout, and Dill followed him into town, he demands that they go home, but Jem refuses: “We were accustomed to prompt, if not always cheerful acquiescence to Atticus‘s instructions, but from the way he stood Jem was not thinking of budging,” (203). Jem is maturing, and he is starting to understand the situation that Atticus is in because of his defense of Tom Robinson. While he would normally obey Atticus, he realizes that protecting his father against the lynch mob is more important. Jem displays his courage even in his stance, emphasizing that he is doing what he thinks is right in spite of the challenges he faces. As Scout interacts with the mob, Atticus continues to demand that the children go home: “‘Atticus stood trying to make Jem mind him.
This is when he went out of control and lost all of the maturity he had. He could no longer take Mrs.Dubose’s insulting comments. This was a terrible decision yet others would have been tempted to do the same thing. As a punishment, Jem is forced to read to
The act of civility is demonstrated by Judge Paul Heath Till in the essay Morals, Manners, Customs, and Public Perception in regards to Southern culture. Civility is defined as the formal courtesy shown through one's behavior towards others. Every culture portrays this act through their morals, manners, and customs. These three characteristics allow people to socialize with constricted confrontation, However, Till believes that this isn't shown through what was the public perception of the South.
Some examples of Jem's maturity through out the novel are, how he doesn't want Atticus to think badly of him when he loses his pants, how he becomes more moody and how he is the first to develop empathy for Boo. In the novel, Jem becomes very involved in the trial, fights mr. Ewell to protect scout without concern for his own life and how he is worried he won't be able to play football after breaking his arm.
The best teacher is always experience. Throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Jem, one of the main characters, undergoes many significant personality changes. Jem’s character changes through several experiences, the most prevalent of those being when Jem turns twelve, when he destroys Mrs.Dubose’s flower bed, and when he learns of the town’s racial bias. Jem’s personality underwent significant changes when he turned twelve years old. His new behavior was noticed by Scout, who described him as,”...
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is about two kids, Jem and Scout, and their childhood in their small town Maycomb, Alabama. In the beginning of the novel, Jem and Scout were two innocent kids playing in the summer sun, until school came along. Jem was about twelve throughout the novel and Scout was eight, and considering that Jem was twelve in the novel, he was changing. During the middle of the novel a rape trial occurred, which included a black man being accused by a white woman of first-degree rape. Atticus, the kid’s father was defending the african american man; Tom Robinson.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Jem grows from a little boy to an intelligent young man. Throughout the book, he discerns many things that shape his personality. As Jem grows, he learns how bad society is and that not everyone is perfect. Fortunately for Jem, this ends up helping him and he finds out that Atticus is a hero and that he should look up to Atticus. Through Atticus and the trial, Jem loses his innocence by learning about prejudice, bravery, and that the justice system is crippled.
A couple of townsfolk were talking about Atticus taking the trial in front of Jem and Scout. One told the others that Atticus had been appointed to defend Tom Robinson, but another doesn’t care that Atticus didn’t have a choice, with his mindset being that “Atticus aims to defend him. That’s what I don’t like about it” (Lee 163). Therefore, Atticus’s integrity was challenged. It’d been much easier if he just refused to defend Tom Robinson, or not give it his all.
Jem’s transformations in To Kill A Mockingbird One year ago my family and i were in a car accident that changed me to grow up a little more . I think my experience is similar to Jem’s because he experienced a lot of things in life and he had to grow up a little faster than most kids his age. The book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is about a young girl thoughts about her brother named Jem who had to learn a lot of hard things in life and how he also had to grow up fast, that also lead him into becoming more like his father Atticus . In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee shows us how much Jem changed from a child like kid to a more grown teen in order to be more like his father Atticus who is his role model .
At the beginning of the book, we see Jem as a cute 10-year-old boy playing with his sister in the warm summer months. We watch him grow older and realize more about the world, as well as how he should stand up for what he thinks is right. When Jem sees something he deems immoral or wrong he seeks to end or destroy it. We see this when Jem and Scout are walking past Mrs.Dubose’s house. Mrs.Dubose, a very mean, sick, and racist old woman, yells at the children every chance she gets.
Jem grows up sheltered from the evil in the world. Once the trial comes around, however, he learns out imperfect the world is through the racism and prejudice, and he struggles to come to terms with this realization. After the trial he tells Miss Maudie, who is their neighbor, how it feels like “bein’ a caterpillar in a cocoon… Like somethin’ asleep wrapped up in a warm place. I always thought Maycomb folks were the best folks in the world least that’s what they seemed like” (Lee 288). Miss Maudie then tries to comfort Jem, but it still shows that Jem has been changed because his childhood view of Maycomb being perfect has been shattered.
One lesson in the book that I feel Jem learns as a part of growing up is moral courage. Atticus once told Jem that “courage is [not] a man with a gun in his hand. It 's when you know you 're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” Jem had always seen bravery as important and often tried to show the courage in him but only learnt about what moral courage really was through a series events that took place in the book.