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What evidence shows that Jem is beginning to understand more than Scout about Boo Radley?

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Posted February 20, 2013 at 3:11 AM via iOS

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What evidence shows that Jem is beginning to understand more than Scout about Boo Radley?

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slcollins | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted February 20, 2013 at 11:17 PM (Answer #1)

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The best evidence of Jem understanding Boo Radley and his life occurs after Nathan Radley cements up the hole in the tree. This tree has become an important conduit between Boo and the kids, Jem and Scout. As more and more trinkets and treasures are left in this knothole, Jem begins to realize that someone might be leaving gifts for them, specifically. Readers begin to see that it is Boo, and Harper Lee slowly brings Jem to the same realization. It is evident that Jem understands this as he stands on the porch with tears running down his face while looking at Boo’s house. He understands that Nathan Radley has cemented that hole in the tree to prevent Boo from leaving any more presents for the kids. 

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