How do Scout and Jem mature through Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird?

Scout and Jem Finch mature through the course harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird in both their understanding of the inequalities and dangers in the world and their desire and ability to help other people, including each other.

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Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, both Scout Finch and her brother Jem mature in their outlook on the world in general and in their attitudes toward the people around them. In regard to interpersonal attitudes, a significant changes occur in the children’s relationship to each other.

As white, upper-middle-class children, Scout and Jem have been shielded from many hardships that other children faced in the Depression-era small Southern town. They had suffered through losing their mother but are fortunate that their father, Atticus, is a kind, intelligent, fair-minded man. Many of the changes that the Finch siblings undergo pertain to their father’s attitudes toward his family, community, and work. Through his unsuccessful defense of an innocent African American man, his children learn the limits of good intentions and hard work in achieving justice. When the children survive an attack by the disgruntled Bob Ewell, they realize that they are not immune from violence.

Atticus encourages the...

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