What does Jem say that shows he learned courage at the end of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird?
Throughout Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus equates being courageous with being a gentleman. By the end of the novel, Jem shows he also understands the connection between bravery and courteous behavior when he tells Scout not to squash a roly-poly bug.
Jem first understands his father's philosophy of associating courage with courteous behavior when he apprehends why Atticus kept his sharpshooting skills a secret. As Miss Maudie explains, Atticus gave up shooting because he realized his expert marksmanship placed him at an "unfair advantage over most living things" (Ch. 10). Yet Scout, being young, still has difficulty understanding why Atticus isn't proud of his sharpshooting skills and why he hesitates to kill living things. Jem, on the other hand, understands that both
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