Character changes throughout the novel to kill a mockingbird by harper lee.Many characters change throughout the novel. I want your opinion on which characters and how they change and what event in...

Character changes throughout the novel to kill a mockingbird by harper lee.

Many characters change throughout the novel. I want your opinion on which characters and how they change and what event in the novel makes them change. Please include quotes.

E.G- When scout started attending school calpurnia gives her more freedom.

 

 

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Even Atticus undergoes a change, of sorts, by the end of the novel. While he is still true and honorable and steadfast and all the other things he is known for, at the end of the novel he compromises those things when he allows Heck Tate to call Bob Ewell's murder an accident in order to protect Arthur. Atticus is no doubt motivated in part by the fact that Arthur saved Jem's life; however, it is more than that. He does not change in that he uses the opportunity to help Scout learn something valuable, a lesson about mockingbirds he started teaching her months before this incident. Until the end, we would never expect Atticus to blatantly disregard the law.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Older than Scout at the beginning of Harper Lee's novel, Jem undergoes more physical and emotional changes than his sister because of experiencing the hormonal turmoil that adolescence brings. Often moody and irascible for no reason, Scout complains of his behavior.  While the proceedings of the trial of Tom Robinson affect both the children, Jem comes to a new awareness of the conflicting values of Maycomb's society, and like all idealistic youths is shocked and dismayed, asking his father on the day after the verdict, "How could they do that?"  Clearly, Jem experiences the rite of passage into the confusing world of adult society in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Scout grows up quite a bit by the end of the novel. She starts the story with an immature attitude about other people, but comes to a thoughtful consideration and understanding of human nature.  At the start of the novel she regards Boo as the mysterious weird guy down the street, but the end of the novel, she realizes he was just a man who longed for human contact and who had a heart of gold who saved Jem from Bob Ewell.  She originally thought that Mrs. Dubose was the mean lady across the way, but learns that there was more going on with than she originally understood. She learned to admire the woman who tried so hard to die free of the addiction that plagued her for so many years.

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Boo changes a lot over the course of the book, or at least it is implied that he does.  We don't actually know what he's like at the beginning of the story, but he certainly hasn't been known to interact with anyone the way he starts to interact with the kids.

I'd say that he changes because of various things that make him see the kids' humanity.  These are things like Scout rolling down in the tire and hitting his house, Jem losing his pants, and the fire.  Boo gets to see the kids just acting like people and that reawakens his own sense of being human.  It makes him want to rejoin the world at least to some small extent.

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