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What does Jem mean when he says "it's like bein a caterpillar in a cocoon"...

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azndragon8 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 10, 2007 at 6:16 AM via web

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What does Jem mean when he says "it's like bein a caterpillar in a cocoon" ?(chapter 22)

I did not really understand the answer for this question below, so I'm questioning it again. Can you give me a clear answer?

I'm wondering if Jem thinks that Maycomb was like a cocoon but he hasn't seen the truth of what Maycomb is like in the real world or if tom Robinson was safe in a cocoon and since the jury says he is guilty now hes not? sorry for the confusion

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted December 10, 2007 at 7:29 AM (Answer #1)

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I think if you read the next thing he says it helps you understand. Jem  states "Like somethin' asleep wrapped up in a warm place". (TKAM 215). He has been unaware of the real world until this trial took place. He thought his town was the best place in the world, and this has made him grow up. Jem is growing up, and seeing things through more adult eyes. The caterpillar is nestled in a warm, safe enviroment, yet it changes and must leave the cocoon-just as Jem is doing. His childhood was his cocoon and as he is maturing he must leave the safe and secure notions behind.

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