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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 | (Level 2) 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 | (Level 1) 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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mlsldy3 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted July 19, 2015 at 5:32 PM (Answer #5)

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem does not die at the end of the book. Jem and Scout came close to death at the hands of Bob Ewell, but thanks to Boo, they lived to tell the story of what happened. During the course of the book, Jem and Scout learn the most valuable lessons anyone could learn. At the end of the book, after Scout walks Boo home, she thinks about all she and Jem had learned and realizes that the two of them can no longer be the innocent young kids they once were. In essence their childhood and innocence dies in the book.

The street lights were fuzzy from the fine rain that was falling. As I made my way home, I felt very old, but when I looked at the tip of my nose I could see fine misty beads, but looking cross-eyed made me dizzy so I quit. As I made my way home, I thought what a thing to tell Jem tomorrow. He'd be so mad he missed it he wouldn't speak to me for days. As I made my way home, I thought Jem and I would get grown but there wasn't much else left for us to learn, except possibly algebra.

We know by the way Scout is talking that Jem will live through the terrible ordeal, and she had so many things to tell him. As she gets home, Atticus is in Jem's room reading a book. The last lines in the book tells us that by the next morning Jem will be awake and Atticus will be there when that happens.

He turned out the light and went into Jem's room. He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.

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