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,”...Difficult to live with, inconsistent, moody”(Lee, 131). These are certainly signs that he is beginning to mature. He is said to have “..maddening wisdom…”(Lee 133) as Scout put it. He seems to know a lot more than he did in the …show more content…
It began when as punishment for the deed he had to, “...Come over [to Mrs. Dubose’s house] every afternoon after school and read to her out loud for two hours”(Lee 121). This seemed like torture to Jem, who whined and complained to Atticus, but he eventually submitted. As Jem read, Mrs. Dubose seemed to be trying to teach him new words, according to Scout, who said, “When Jem came to a word he didn’t know, he skipped it, but Mrs. Dubose would catch him and make him spell it out”(Lee 122). Jem seemed to be unaware of this, but he must have learned new words and their meanings from this experience. However, he was mainly focused on how ghastly the old woman appeared. Atticus explains that she is very sick and that he wouldn’t have to keep reading much longer. Mrs. Dubose died not much later. Atticus then reveals that she,”...Was a morphine addict…[but] she meant to break herself out of it before she died, and that’s what she did” (Lee 127). Jem was stunned, but even more so when he received a parting gift from Mrs.Dubose. It was a camelia from her garden. His initial reaction was negative, but Scout later sees him holding it with care. Jem learned through this experience that showing regardless kindness to everyone is important because every person is fighting a battle of their
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Jem cares immensely about things being just and fair. He always thinks things through thoroughly and is always looking at the logical side of things. When he needs to be, Jem is a very good boy. In the book, there are many examples of Jem’s generosity, such as when he earns money and buys Scout Finch (his younger sister) a baton.
She was the bravest person I ever knew’” (112). Jem understands from reading to Mrs. Dubose that he was helping her even though he
As the book continues, Jem has to read to Mrs Dubose after school several days a week as a punishment for destroying her flowers. Mrs Dubose is very sick, and the night that she died she gave Atticus a box to give to Jem. Inside the box was a white camellia. Scout narrates, “Jem opened the box, Inside, surrounded by wads of damn cotton was a white, waxy, perfect camellia” (Lee 111).
In chapter 11 Mrs.Dubose an old sick lady who always sits on the porch of her house one day told Jem and Scout that Atticus isn’t any better than “the “niggers and trash he works for,” and Jem loses his temper. Thus Jem takes Scout baton which he bought for her and destroys Mrs.Dubose’s camellia bushes. When Atticus found out as punishment Mrs.Dubose told Jem must go to her house every day for a month and read to her and Atticus agreed. Scout comes along with Jem everyday and each session they are reading it gets longer. Mrs. Dubose dies a little more than a month after.
The quote showed that they never knew what was happening in another person's life because they never experienced the same emotions. Scout started to feel bad for Jem because Mrs. Dubose was tormenting Jem every day. After the month was up, they were told to go and read to Mrs. Dubose by their father for another week. Jem and Scout went to read to Mrs.
One day Mrs. Dubose was insulting Atticus in front of Jem and Scout, his children. Jem grew aggravated and threw a tantrum. He stomped and tore up Mrs. Dubose’s flowers. Therefore, as a punishment for Jem ruining her flowers, she had him read to her every day after school. Jem would have an alarm that indicated
It’s your job not to let her make you mad. ”(page 100). Jem was far more civilized than Mrs.Dubose. Their relationship was not a good one, especially after Jems anger caused him to “...cut the tops off every camellia bush Mrs.Dubose owned. ”(page 103).
Dubose punishing Jem to read to her is even more important. With this scenario that happened, Jem learned that he has to be grateful in life and that he has to control his temper/emotions in order to avoid conflicts. In the novel, Jem and Scout learn a very important lesson through this punishment. It sometimes takes physical and/or mental courage to do what is right. They learn that Mrs. Dubose was fighting an addiction and by doing so she was the bravest person Atticus ever knew.
“People evolve and it's important to not stop evolving just because you’ve reached “adulthood”- J.K Simmons. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee we learn about a lot of people and the way they can evolve and change in a period of time. Throughout the story Jem has changed the most because he has learned to do the right thing even when others think it's the wrong thing, he knows to not believe in the old sayings, and he protects his sister from anyone or anything. First of all Jem has shown that he has evolved by snitching on Dill about having ran away.
Jems opinion on life changes a lot through the Tom Robinson case. He learns that people aren't treated equally just by the color of their skin. From this quote it shows just how much Jem cares about people's equality and how he's maturing. After the case and Tom Robinson's death Jem doesn't do anything to anybody or anything that doesn't deserve it. Like this incident in the story, A rolly polly has crawled in the house by Scouts bed she was going to smash it
Jem loses his temper and breaks Scout’s baton while using it to smash and destroy Mrs. Dubose’s camellia bushes. What Mrs. Dubose said was very out of line and disrespectful. However, Atticus warns Jem about her
As punishment, Jem is forced by Atticus to go to her house every day and read to her for an entire month. Under the conditions of Jem reading to Mrs. Dubose, he gains a glimpse of her real life for the first time. After a month of Jem reading to her, Scout and Jem discover that Mrs. Dubose has died. Jem does not seem to care at first until Atticus reveals Mrs. Dubose's unfortunate truth, ‘“Mrs. Dubose was a morphine addict, [. . . ] she took it as pain-killer for years.
Jem and Scout were on their walk past Mrs.Dubose’s house when she thought she would say something very racist and offend Jem by attacking his father. She thought she would get away with it but Jem decided that was the last straw. We see how Jem reacts when he takes Scout's new baton and Scout narrates “He did not begin to calm down until he had cut the tops off every Camilla bush Mrs.Dubose owned,” (Lee 118). This is the first time Jem starts to show how he will stand up against racism.
Throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem and Scout 's perception of courage drastically changes their behavior as they mature. They learn a lot about courage throughout the novel from their father Atticus and what they learn from him influences their choices and opinions. Although Jem is older than Scout, they both experience change in their behavior. At the beginning of the novel, Jem is still a young boy. He is defiant towards Atticus, he plays all the usual childhood games with Scout and Dill, and he engages in the younger children’s obsession with Boo Radley.