To Kill A Mockingbird Character Analysis

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Many philosophers say; “The most challenging part of growing up is letting go of what is comfortable, and moving on to something unknown.” This quote strongly applies to the maturity process of Jeremy “Jem” Finch, a lead character in Harper Lee’s award-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Jem struggles to understand his role in society as the picturesque facade of his sleepy southern town is destroyed, revealing the darkness underneath the surface. In this coming-of-age story amidst of a race war, Jem navigates the hardships of maturity. He is aided by the guidance of his father, who plays an integral role in the conflict of the small town as the court-appointed lawyer of an African-American man falsely accused of assaulting a white female. Throughout the novel, Jeremy Finch encounters many scenarios and lessons which lead him into adulthood, including a changing relationship with his younger sister, understanding the true meaning of courage, and gaining respect for his intellectual father. As Jem matures, he begins to learn responsibility. An incident which proves his newly found responsibility is when he tells a friend’s secret for the greater good. In the early chapters of the novel, the Finch siblings, Jem and his younger sister Scout, are near-inseparable; they spend a majority of their time playing games as a pair. When Dill Harris, a boy similar in age to the siblings, arrives in their little town of Maycomb, the siblings spend every waking hour recreating
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