Maturation of Characters in to Kill a Mockingbird

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“To Kill a Mockingbird” Jem and Scout reside in the quiet and small county of Maycomb, Mississippi. Like any other child, the two siblings enjoy playing outdoors. However, a criminal trial of rape at the county court has great repercussion on the maturation of Jem and Scout emotionally as well as mentally. Over the course of the trial, because their father, Atticus, is the representing defense attorney they have time to delve into the meaning of justice and human equality. The result of the trial has a big impact for the rest of their life. Physically, Jem experiences rapid growth. He matures from a child to a young adult. Early on, he continuously asks for a gun from his father, Atticus, and constantly pesters his father to play sports with him. As time passes, possibly seeing other more important life event happening around him, his childish pestering gradually subsides. To show his adulthood, Jem, in one instant, happily states his lightly growing chest hair to his sister as in “He unbuttoned his shirt, grinning shyly…‘well it’s hair’” (Lee 225). His intention is to try to get his father’s attention as he slowly becomes an admirer of a lawyer who defends justice. Scout was originally what one may define as a “hothead,” for her unruly temper. Even on the first day of school, having no provocation Scout starts a fight. Over the course of the book, Scout becomes involved in countless other conflicts, most being in the fighting category. As a result of her short temper, Scout has often been scolded by her maid, Calpurnia, aunt, and father. “She asked me to tell you, you must try to behave like the little lady and gentleman you are.” It is in this quote which shows one of the many instances of Scout being scolded by her aunt Alexandra for not acting “ladylike” (Lee 133). While Scout somewhat remains a tomboy, her temper is smoldered as a result of
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