In the book Bridge to Terabithia (Chapters 7 & 8), what real situations can be revealed?

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Jess experiences jealousy in two different ways. When Leslie is busy helping her father remodel the farmhouse, he is jealous of the time she spends with her dad. He is lost and lonesome. Later on, he experiences something similar with May Bell. When his little sister follows him to the creek, he resents her intrusion into his private world with Leslie. The situation shows he is coming into adolescence and feeling what a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship is like. In Chapter 8, Jess reveals that he merely accepts what is taught in church and gives no further thought to it. He does not question what the church teaches. When Leslie discusses her impression of the church service, he is shocked when she questions how Jesus's death is both beautiful and tragic. She has never read the Bible, and his church teaches that that is a sin for which she will die and go to Hell. The thought bothers him because he knows what a good person Leslie is. How could someone like her go to Hell just for not reading a book? His adolescence is again coming to the fore, as he questions what is accepted in society.

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