In what ways does Jem show that he is maturing?

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Jem's interaction with Miss Dubose serves as a starting point for his maturing. At first, he approaches the situation as a child, simply correlating an unpleasant task with punishment. As he begins to understand her morphine addiction and suffering, he realizes that things are not always as they appear. He goes through a huge emotional upheaval upon her death.

In the second part of the novel, Jem begins to show huge strides in his progressing maturity, often much to the dismay of Scout. For instance, Jem understands Atticus' stress leading up to Tom Robinson's trial, despite Atticus remaining calm and collected. Jem attempts to quell Scout's childish behavior, such as her antagonistic behavior towards Aunt Alexandra and general unruliness, for Atticus's sake.

Jem shows a huge moment of maturity when he tells Atticus that Dill has been hiding under Scout's bed. He breaks a code of his childhood but does so because he is genuinely concerned for the people that care about Dill and realizes that he needs to tell an adult. Scout, still being a child, feels immensely betrayed by this.

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Throughout the novel, Jem matures in his understanding of human nature and behavior. Scout repeatedly states that she and Jem were growing apart because of his growth and maturity. One of the major ways that we know Jem is maturing is through the time he spends with Mrs Dubose reading to her. He goes from violently, rashly reacting to an offense to truly caring about the older woman and being touched by her life and death. We also see his increased understanding of Boo Radley and why he lives his life the way he does. Jem realizes that Boo Radley has chosen to separate himself from society, and he develops a respect for that opinion.

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