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evilabacci | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 7, 2011 at 7:16 AM via web

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When Atticus asks Scout about the blanket around her shoulders, what does Jem realize in To Kill A Mockingbird?

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

Posted February 7, 2011 at 8:25 AM (Answer #1)

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This incident occurs in chapter 8, when Miss Maudie's house catches fire.  Scout does not realize that there is a blanket on her shoulders.  It is cold outside, but she did not notice when it was put there.  They realize it was probably Boo Radley that put it there, which is a frightening prospect for Scout.

This event is one of the first indications that Boo Radley is more than just the neighborhood legend.  He is a real person, and actually not that frightening.  Although Scout is still afraid of him, the consideration by the Finch family that Boo could do something caring and kind is a new development in our understanding of Boo, and represents the coming of age of the children.  Jem especially sees him as a human being and maybe misunderstood.

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vcabusiness | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 9, 2011 at 5:24 AM (Answer #2)

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^lol didn't even explain what JEM REALISED. bad teachers LuL ^^

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