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Does Jem still fear the gifts in the tree? Give reasons for your answer

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ferraridude94 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 2, 2009 at 5:42 PM via web

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Does Jem still fear the gifts in the tree? Give reasons for your answer

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hibernater | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 4, 2009 at 10:56 PM (Answer #1)

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No.  Jem don't fear the gifts no more.  I'm only 16 but I read the book twice and Jem knows that it's just Boo's way of communicating with  him and Scout.  He knows that Boo don't come out of his house but he likes the fact that he can still communicate with him.  If he was still fearing the gifts, he wouldn't have written a letter of thanks towards Boo.  Once MrNathan Radley fills the tree with cement, Jem cries.  He cries because he won't ever be able to give Boo that letter.  So on my part, I say that Jem isn't fearing the gifts any longer.

-Aaron

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 20, 2010 at 11:50 AM (Answer #2)

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Jem really has no fear of the gifts he finds in the knothole from Boo Radley. At first, he warns Scout about the chewing gum that she retrieves--the very first gift; he suggests that it may be poisoned, but Scout realizes later (since she is still alive) that there is no worry for that. Jem also worries that he may be taking someone else's belongings--that the gifts may be left for someone else, or that the knothole may be someone's secret hiding place. But he soon becomes enthralled with the gifts and their value for someone so young (and in such a time as the Great Depression). The real clincher is when he finds the carved soap figurines: They are likenesses of Jem and Scout, and then he knows for sure that the gifts are meant for him and his sister. 

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