Describe Jem and Scout's behavior at the jailhouse in To Kill a Mockingbird. Describe Jem's behavior when he confronts Atticus at the jailhouse and also meets a mob of hostile men. Then describe...

Describe Jem and Scout's behavior at the jailhouse in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Describe Jem's behavior when he confronts Atticus at the jailhouse and also meets a mob of hostile men. Then describe Scout's behavior in the setting mentioned above.

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Jem's maturity seems to give him an advantage over Scout in this particular situation. Jem senses that something is wrong, and that Atticus may be in some danger. Scout, however, doesn't seem to have a clue about why the lynch-minded group of Maycomb citizens have congregated. Jem defiantly refuses to leave his father despite Atticus' insistence. Scout, meanwhile, kicks one of the men--not as an act of protecting Atticus but because the man has attempted to move her out of the way. Both of the children recognize some of the men as neighbors and townspeople, but neither seem to understand their true motives. Jem only realizes that something is not right, and when he sees the normally unflappable Atticus in a nervous state, he knows that he must remain. Of course, it is Scout's naive conversation with Mr. Cunningham that saves the day, shaming the men into leaving rather than display violence before the innocent children.

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