Provide an example of how Jem and Scout benefit from the valuable life lessons they learn throughout To Kill a Mockingbird. 

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Scout had not forgotten the advice she had heard Atticus give Jem after the children had received air rifles for Christmas. She just didn't understand why it was "a sin to kill a mockingbird," so she went to Miss Maudie for an explanation. She was told that mockingbirds were innocent creatures who "don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy... (they) sing their hearts out for us." On the fateful Halloween night when Bob Ewell nearly managed to kill the two children, Scout remembered Atticus's advice--this time applying it to a human mockingbird, Boo Radley. Scout understood that Sheriff Tate's decision to falsely call Ewell's death self-inflicted in order to preserve Boo's privacy was in Boo's best interest. Dragging Boo "into the limelight" would 

"... be sort of like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?"  (Chapter 30)


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