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In To Kill a Mockingbird, what did Jem do that made Scout say "he broke the remaining...

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Posted November 26, 2007 at 12:39 PM via web

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, what did Jem do that made Scout say "he broke the remaining code of our childhood?"

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 26, 2007 at 7:08 PM (Answer #1)

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Jem breaks the code of childhood by acting responsibly. Dill had run away from home, and was hiding under Scout's bed. She goes to get Jem and when he discovers Dill, he knows that it is not something he can keep a secret.He shocks Scout by going and telling his father what had happened.

This is a another example of Jem's maturity. Scout did not think to run and get her father, but Jem knew it was what he had to do.

Dill ran away because he felt he was not getting enough attention, and Jem realizes that she would nonetheless be worried sick. He has grown past the childish ideas of running away from home to solve you problems.

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