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Explain how Jem "broke the remaining code of our childhood" in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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ihatereading1025 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 19, 2012 at 8:44 AM via web

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Explain how Jem "broke the remaining code of our childhood" in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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

Posted January 24, 2012 at 6:26 AM (Answer #1)

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Jem broke this cardinal rule in Chapter 14 of To Kill a Mockingbird shortly after Dill was found hiding under Scout's bed after running away from home. Dill hoped to stay in hiding for a while, but Jem recognized that Dill's parents would be worried, so he went to the man that he trusted most when problems arose: his father, Atticus. Although Jem must have felt that he was betraying his young friend--"Dill's eyes flickered at Jem, and Jem looked at the floor"--he called for Atticus to come into the room. "Dill's face went white," and Scout "felt sick." By ratting out Dill, Jem had broken "the remaining code of our childhood." But Jem had made the right decision, and soon Atticus had smoothed over Dill's troubles.

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