For example, Jem became extremely emotional when Tom lost the case and then later on died. In addition to that, Jem's emotions made him feel too cool for Scout so he spends less time with her compared to the beginning of the story. Jem is being more emotional in the text when the story shows that he is crying. “It was Jem’s turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made through the cheerful crowd.
Many nights later Jem and his little sister are walking alone through the night to a play. Suddenly Bob was on them with a knife and the intent to end both of their lives as a way to get back at Atticus. Fighting for his life, Jem wrestles with Bob but after crashing to the grund Jem’s arm breaks and he blacks out. Seconds later a mysterious man ends Bob life to save Jem and his little sister. Back at Jem’s home, Scout (Jem’s little sister) explains her view of the attack, “Then all of a sudden something’ grabbed me and smashed my costume….Jem found me..Mr.Ewell yanked him down, I reckon They tousled
Although Jem’s moral and character develops in the first part of the book, some of his characteristics cannot change. One time an old lady on drugs, Ms. Dubose, shouted to him ‘Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for!’ Hearing that, Jem became furious and grabbed Scout’s baton and began cutting every camellia bush in Ms. Dubose’s lawn. After that he snapped Scout’s baton into two. When he got home Atticus was mad at Jem and as a consequence, Jem had to read to Ms. Dubose every day for no more than 2 hours. At first, Jem was easily startled.
Besides his anger and dismay towards the wrongly convicted Tom Robinson and his current unfair situation, Jem began to fear bad things were going to happen. However, over the course of the story, we see Jem grow and mature into a very brave boy who begins to take after his father and realize things to a deeper understanding. An example of this gradual growth is when after Bob Ewell spits in Atticus’s face and threatens him, Scout and Jem are scared he will make good on his threats. Even before this happened, Jem had stood up for his father when Mr. Cunningham had led the mob to lynch Tom Robinson in his sleep while he was in the prison. While Atticus told Jem to go home, Jem refused to by nodding his head several times until Atticus let him stay.
This is also a brave act. Boo collects up Jem and rushes him to Atticus' house. Boo enters the house with the boy. He has not had human contact other than his brother for many years, so this took much courage. One of the bravest things he does is to touch Jem and to allow Scout to allow him to hold her arm as they walk home.
His actions influence Jem and Scout’s development as a character. One of the main lessons that Boo teaches Jem and Scout that helps them develop their character is judgements of a person should not be made based on rumors, but should be made on a person’s actions. In the beginning of the novel, Jem and Scout are petrified by the stories that they have heard about Boo. However, they learn that Boo is not the malevolent character that he is made out to be, for Jem and Scout understand that he is the one that puts items in the tree for them, fixes Jem’s pants, and saves their lives. To emphasize this, Mr. Tate tells Atticus that Bob Ewell killed himself, and when Atticus asks Scout if she understands this, she says that ‘“it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird’”(318).
This happens at the very end of the book when Jem and Scout are walking back for a school play and are attacked by Bob Ewell. During the attack the two children are saved by a mysterious figure in the night and Jem (who was knocked unconscious) is carried back to the house. After Scout makes it back Atticus asks her what happened, and she tells him about how they were attacked and someone saved them and brought Jem back. Now in the room with Jem on the Bed Atticus asks Scout who carried Jem back and she point behind the door to where Boo Radley is seen standing there. In this moment the reader realizes that Boo is not mean or scary in any way and is just a man who is misunderstood by
In this period of time Maycomb suffered through the ‘’Great Depression’’ (Economically in difficult), but Scout & Jem’s dad Atticus, was a prominent lawyer who had a solid reasonable salary to hold his family economically. The novel’s storyline follows the significant incidents that occurred to Jem’s & Scout’s childhood. Scout’s voice is the narrator of the book, and the expressions used to describe numerous situations in the book may have been interpreted in Scout’s perspective. In this novel, Jem starts his age of nine in the beginning of the story as a young boy and his sister Scout starts five turning six. Obviously referring to the text, the sibling consisted tight strong relationships through playing role games with Jem’s friend Dill, and explored areas where curiosities drove them.
”Take Scout and Dill home.” We were accustomed to prompt, if not cheerful acquiescence to Atticus’s instructions, but from the way he stood Jem was not thinking of budging. ”Go home, I said.” Jem shook his head,”(p203). He disobeys not petulantly but maturely, as he grasps Atticus’s difficult situation concerning the case and therefore fear for Atticus’s safety. Later in the story, during the trial, the jury wrongly finds Tom Robinson guilty despite Atticus’s capable and intense defense. Jem is shocked by the verdict: ”His [Jem’s] face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd.