To Kill a Mokingbird


Period 3


March 15, 2004


"To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly," Henri Louis Bergson. This quote relates to To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, in the way that the characters change throughout the novel. Scout changes very much but, Jem also changes, and as a part of maturing Jem learns about society. Jem matures the most out of all the characters in the book. In the beginning of the book To Kill A Mockingbird, Jem is a boy as scout is a girl. At the end of the book Scout turns into a teenager, and Jem becomes a young man. Jem changes throughout the novel, he changes mentally, physically, and socially.
Jem mentally changes more than anyone in the book. In the beginning of the story, Jem, Scout, and Dill fabricate horror stories about Boo. This shows that Jem was interested in imaginary games and fantasies. This proves that Jem has the mind of a young child in the beginning of the book. “He was difficult to live with, inconsistent, moody” “said Scout” (pg. 121). That statement is made when Jem starts to grow up, he does not want to play with Scout like a little kid anymore. He wants to be more in control and more like a man. By the end of the book Jem\'s mind set is much more logical and less imaginationable.


Jem also changes his thoughts and ideas of society."Macome was a regular tired old town" (pg. 5). As he grows older, he unwittingly finds himself replicating and reinforcing society\'s traditional views. There are not many other influences than the Jem\'s parents and the other members of the town. "It ain\'t right, Atticus\', said Jem. \'No son, it\'s not right," (pg 212). This quote was said when the verdict was decided, Jem now sees how racist belifes can overcome the truth. Jem\'s views are close to that of his fathers, this quote proves that Jem also has thoughts of his own on what is right. As Jem grows up he gains knolage of the world he also finds that all knolage is not good but, it is better to have than to not have.


Jem physically changed throughout the 4 years in the novel. "Well it\'s hair\'...\'Under my arms too," (pg.224) This shows that Jem is going through puberty and is not only a little boy any more. This proves that Jem is changing from a boy to a man. Jem is taller and more fit than before. This shows that Jem is not and average hight boy any more and that he is now a tall teenager. Jem is much more "filled out" which means that he is not a scrawny little boy.


Jem changed physically as he went through his transformation from a young boy to a young adult prof of this is extra hair and growing bigger.


Socially Jem changes