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Does Jem die in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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hisgurl01 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 23, 2009 at 5:29 AM via web

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Does Jem die in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 23, 2009 at 5:36 AM (Answer #1)

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Jem does not die in "To Kill a Mockingbird". At the end of the novel he has a broken arm and concussion caused by his encounter with Bob Ewell. Literally, he is still very much alive. That is why Scout says that Atticus will be with Jem " when he wakes up in the morning". On a figurative level, Jem may wake up to a new life. After his fight with Bob Ewell, many of his childish characteristics will probably be gone and he will be a much more mature individual. He has been forced to give up his "childish ways" and grow up after his encounter with evil. So, in a sense, the childish Jem dies but the more mature Jem will live on, as a much wiser young adult.

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lacibabyy00 | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted February 6, 2009 at 6:57 AM (Answer #2)

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no he does not he just has a concussion and broken arm.

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lesli93 | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted March 27, 2009 at 1:25 AM (Answer #4)

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no Jem does not die he only gets hurt.

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