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What important lesson does Jem learn from his experience with Mrs. Dubose in To Kill a...

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abcdedcba | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 18, 2011 at 11:57 PM via web

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What important lesson does Jem learn from his experience with Mrs. Dubose in To Kill a Mockingbird?

 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 19, 2011 at 12:51 AM (Answer #1)

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Jem learns courage from Mrs. Dubose. He thinks she is just a mean and angry woman. After Jem destroys her flowers, Atticus orders him to read to her. Atticus hopes that by spending time with her and getting to know her, he will learn a life lesson in not judging a person based only by their actions and rumor. After Jem learns that Mrs. Dubose has a chronic and painful medical condition, his attitude changes. Atticus says she is the bravest person he knows. She has been managing the condition with morphine and has become addicted. The morphine has terrible side effects. Since her condition is terminal, she wants to die with dignity without the morphine. This is why Atticus says she is the bravest person he knows, and Jem learns a lesson in courage.

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laurenceboucher | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 2, 2012 at 9:21 AM (Answer #2)

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I think he learns courage

 

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