How and why does Jem's opinion of Mrs. Dubose change?

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In chapter 11, Jem and Scout are walking to the store to spend Jem's birthday money when their racist, loudmouth neighbor, Mrs. Dubose, begins yelling insults at them. Mrs. Dubose infuriates Jem when she says, "Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for!," and Scout mentions that her brother immediately turns red at her comment (Lee 105). On their walk back from the store, Jem cannot contain his rage and ends up destroying Mrs. Dubose's camelia bush.

Later that day, Atticus comes home and makes Jem apologize to her. Atticus also forces Jem to read to Mrs. Dubose for two hours each day, including Saturdays, for an entire month as punishment for destroying her...

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