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To Kill a Mockingbird
The people you live with and associate with can change your life in a matter of minutes. Jem
and Scout Finch believed this after many personal accounts in Maycomb County. Jem and
Scout come across horrifying and wonderful experiences. They learn how to deal with and
adjust properly to life in Maycomb. Jem and Scout have a number of encounters through
the novel that give them a whole different outlook on life and a change in their views of
Jem and Scout come across rude people in this novel, as well as kind and caring people.
Ms. Dubose was extremely cruel to the children. She would yell at Jem and Scout as
they were walking by her house, such as the time she said “Not only a Finch waiting on
tables, but one in a courthouse lawing for niggers.” Ms. Dubose was referring to Atticus
Finch. Ms. Dubose was trying to make a point at how stupid Atticus was for defending a
black person. Jem and Scout were hurt by Ms. Duboses’ remark against their father.
Another incident that occurred was when Nathan Radley cemented up the childrens
treasure tree. Mr. Radley told Jem and Scout that the tree was dying. He lied.
Jem and Scout found that this misjudged man was not hateful but,
kept to himself. Realization of life from both sides of good and bad are shown to Jem and
Scout in Maycomb. In life, there is always evil, but there is also kindness and happiness, this
comforts Jem and Scout.
When Ms. Maudies house burnt down, Boo Radley covered Scout with a woolen
blanket. Scout told Atticus that someone had put a blanket over her and she didn’t even
notice. Jem and Scout thought that Boo was not only a kind man, but he was not a bad
man like everyone had been making him out to be. Boo was looking out for them. Mr.
Dolphus Raymond was mistaken as an evil man when he offered Dill alcohol, Scout was
absolutely shocked when she saw what Mr. Dolphus Raymond had offered Dill. Dill told
Scout it was only Coca-cola. At that moment, the kids saw Mr.Raymond as a completely
different man. Mr. Raymond was now considered just a person living his own life, while
doing what it takes to keep his secret of liking black people, to himself.
Injustice is not always the situation the Jem and Scout are faced with, but every
placement does change their lives. The Tom Robinson trial is the biggest event that
transfigured the lives of Jem and Scout. When Atticus received news that Tom Robinson
had been killed he told his children that Tom was running and they shot him. Jem and
Scout had a lot going through their heads when they heard about Tom being shot. While
being stressed out from this situation, they surely knew that, that brave man was now in a
free, peaceful place. After Jem realizes reality he says to himself that he thinks he is
beginning to understand why Boo Radley stays in his house all the time. It was because
he wanted to stay inside. Jem is beginning to deal with the after effect of the trial. He is
shocked and very upset at the fact that the jury convicted an innocent man. Now that
Jem knows of this experience, his life will be greatly altered and his perspective on
society will be as well.
Jem and Scout are going to grow up to be great people.
With the things that Jem and Scout see, and the actions they take towards life, they will be
able to take on just about anything as time passes them by. Jem and Scout have seen
more in a few years than most people see in their entire lifetime. With so much emphasis
from Atticus and so many learning experiences with the people around them, they will
definitely make a difference just like their father did.
The events that occurred in their lives had such a great impact that Scout changed her
attitude as well as the clothing she wore. Jem on the other hand did not really change
physically, but grew mentally and emotionally.
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