Where does the myth about Hot Steams originate outside of the book, and how can it be put into an essay?The part that I am talking about is in chapter 4 page 41, whre Scout mentions that Jem...

Where does the myth about Hot Steams originate outside of the book, and how can it be put into an essay?

The part that I am talking about is in chapter 4 page 41, whre Scout mentions that Jem doesn't belive in Hot Steams, and Dill asks waht they are.

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Jem, Scout and Dill were deeply involved with their fantasies about Boo Radley in Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, when Jem told Scout that "you act like you believe in Hot Steams."

    "What's a Hot Steam?" asked Dill.
    "... A Hot Steam's somebody who can't get to heaven, just wallows around on lonesome roads, an' if you walk through him, when you die, you'll be one, too...

Jem actually explained it pretty well. Hot Steams are supposedly the ghosts or spirits of people that can't get into Heaven, so they are forced to walk the Earth forever. According to one source, the term may have originated from multiple accounts of ghosts being seen in the area of hot springs or geysers. If you recall the movie, Ghost, there were several examples who hung around trains, another form of steam. 

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