How do Jem and Scout change during the course of To Kill a Mockingbird? How do they remain the same?  

Jem and Scout change by maturing into morally upright, tolerant adolescents who sympathize with others and recognize the importance of their father's sacrifice. Both siblings also gain significant insight into their prejudiced community and understand the importance of protecting innocent beings. Although they mature, Jem remains sensitive and naive to a certain extent while Scout still identifies as a tomboy. Scout continues to respect her father's opinions and admires her brother.

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Both Jem and Scout mature by recognizing the importance of their father's courageous decision to defend Tom Robinson and become aware of Maycomb's prejudice. The children view Arthur "Boo" Radley differently and realize that he is just a shy, generous neighbor. In addition to their newfound perspective on their community and odd neighbor, Jem and Scout exercise many of Atticus's attributes. Jem develops empathy for others, and Scout learns to control her emotions. As a child, Jem would often exclude Scout from activities and not consider Boo Radley's feelings as he spread rumors and trespassed onto his property. By the end of the story, Jem develops into a compassionate, gentle adolescent who sympathizes with Scout and Boo Radley. Similarly, Scout's ability to keep her composure and understand her community illustrates her maturation. Both siblings also learn the importance of protecting innocent, vulnerable beings.

Although the Finch children have significantly matured, Jem is still a...

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