In To Kill a Mockingbird, how did Jem and Scout change from begining, middle, and end?

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Since the novel To Kill a Mockingbird spans several years in the lives of Jem and Scout Finch, it makes sense that the two children should mature somewhat during the duration. Since they both experienced several pivotal events to which most children their age would not be exposed, Jem and Scout grew up a bit faster than their friends. Both of the children are able to distinguish between the fantasy tales they are told about Boo Radley in the first chapters to a more realistic view of him as an introverted but wholly human being by the middle chapters. Scout discovers that he is a kindly hero by the finale. Scout learns to control her temper and her fists and even gives in a bit to requests that she act more ladylike. Meanwhile, Jem evolves from a little boy into an emerging teenager. Both children realistically discover the differences between the various social classes and are taught by Atticus how to be more tolerant of all people. They discover first-hand the good and bad sides of their neighbors and teachers. They find that father Atticus is not useless and boring, but an important cog in their community. And Scout particularly discovers that she has a whole new perspective of her neighborhood when she looks at it from the Radley porch in the final chapter.