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TKAM - Coming of Age: Scout vs. Jem
Transcript of TKAM - Coming of Age: Scout vs. Jem
“Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Scout finally fully understands why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, she shows this by explaining that exposing Boo to the crime would be sort of like killing a mockingbird. Scout stands on the Radley porch and walks in Boo's shoes, thus finally understanding Atticus's advice from Chapter 3 - that in order to fully understand someone, she must stand in their shoes. Chapter 11 Jem learns that Mrs. Dubose isn't the mean woman that she knew - Atticus tells him that in fact, Mrs. Dubose is one of the bravest women he knew because she broke her addiction to morphine and that she died beholden to nothing and nobody. "Jem picked up the candy box and threw it in the fire. He picked up the camellia, and when I went off to bed I saw him fingering the wide petals." Chapter 7 Jem sympathizes with Boo Radley as he finally comes to the realization that Boo was the one that left the gifts to them. When Nathan Radley plugs up the hole in the tree, Jem realizes that Boo's brother has just destroyed Boo's attempt at friendship. Scout, on the other hand, does not understand this and simply believes this act to be an end to their presents. Chapter 9 Atticus teaches Scout to keep on fighting, even if they know that they can't win. "Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win." "A boy trudged down the sidewalk dragging a fishing pole behind him. A man stood waiting with his hands on his hips. Summertime, and his children played in the front yard with their friend, enacting a strange little drama of their own invention....Autumn again, and Boo’s children needed him. Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough." “When they finally saw him, why he hadn’t doneany of those things . . . Atticus, he was real nice. . . .” His hands were under my chin, pulling up the cover, tucking it around me. “Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.” He turned out the light and went into Jem’s room. He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning. Through all of these events and lessons, Scout finally understands the several plot lines weaved in the story - the racial injustice of her society and the public misconception of her neighbor, Boo Radley.