Jem Maturing in to Kill a Mockingbird

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In the book To Kill A Mocking Bird, the book takes us through stages of maturity in Jem and Scout’s lives. Jem grows up very quickly in the first half of the book and realises that he is maturing. Scout however doesn’t like the fact he is growing up, as Jem becomes more moody and bossier. Jem matures alot more after the verdict of the trial got back. Tom Robinson was found guilty of raping Mayella. Jem is furious and begins to cry. “It was Jem’s turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd. ‘It ain’t right,’ he muttered.” This quotation from just after the trial shows how Jem has grown up, he is furious with the jury’s verdict. “Then it all goes back to the jury, then. We oughta do away with juries.” Jem is outraged at the jury from Maycomb who found Tom guity of raping Mayella he hates juries and think that they are all the same so therefore wants them to be gone forever. “Doesn’t make it right,’ said Jem stolidly. He beat his fist softly on his knee. Again Jem is annoyed; he begins to let his anger out though when he talks to Atticus about the situation. He shows his anger by punching his knee with his fist. “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.” Jem is so angry at the verdict of Tom Robinson in the courtroom that his hands become almost white from gripping the balcony rail so hard. If this trial had of taken place much closer to the start of the book when Jem was a bit younger, Jem wouldn’t have understood most of the trial therefore not growing up and acting an adult as quickly as he did after the trial had been
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