To Kill A Mockingbird Jem Character Analysis

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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay No person in Maycomb is born racist, it is the way they are brought up. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee presents Jem is an open minded person, and is not judgemental towards blacks. However, since Jem is surrounded by racism, he is losing a piece of his innocence as a child. As Jem is constantly exposed to racism throughout Maycomb, he begins to lose his innocence. While Jem and Scout are waiting for the verdict of Tom Robinson, Jem and Scout are so nervous they can hardly look.“I shut my eyes. Judge Taylor was polling the jury: Guilty… guilty...guilty...guilty...I peeked at Jem: his hands were white from gripping the balcony rail, and his shoulders jerked as if each guilty was a separate stab between them” (282). After this verdict Jem’s point of view on the world shifts, and Jem is slowly realizing that racism lives in the hearts of people in Maycomb. When Jem heard the word guilty he gives up a little bit of his innocent childhood because he is starting to notice how racist people are. When Atticus walks out of the courthouse to meet up with Jem and Scout, Jem is in total disbelief of what the verdict because he thought that evidence could win a case alone, “It was Jem’s turn to cry. His face streaked with angry tears as we made our way through a cheerful crowd. ‘It ain’t right’ he muttered all the way to the corner of the square where we found Atticus waiting. Atticus was standing under the…show more content…
Jem realizes that people aren’t open minded towards blacks, which causes him to grow up and to lose a piece of his innocence. Although Jem is surrounded by racist people in Maycomb, he is an exception because of the way he was raised. Since Jem is a kid and still developing he notices what is going on and can’t ignore it. Ultimately, when one is surrounded by racism from their role models, it can have a negative effect on that
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