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by Harper Lee

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How does Jem Finch develop throughout To Kill A Mockingbird?

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The story actually begins with a description of Jem’s injury when he was fourteen, and his reaction to the events of the book as an adult.  Then Scout describes a time a few years back.

At first, Jem spends a lot of time with Scout.  He is more mature, but still childish and playful.  He plays make-believe games acting things out with Scout and Dill, both of whom are younger.  Jem has a good imagination.

Jem gave a reasonable description of Boo: Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were bloodstained … (ch 1)

Jem does mature as Scout gets older, and...

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