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TKAM - Coming of Age: Scout vs. Jem

by Audrey, Gracie, Judy, Justine, Karen, and Ruby

Karen (Bork)

on 13 May 2013

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Transcript of TKAM - Coming of Age: Scout vs. Jem

An Introduction Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, we are presented with the timeline of Jem's and Scout's coming of age. There are several major events that advance this, which will be analyzed in this presentation. Conclusion Jem learns that the world is unfair, he is scarred for life unlike Scout who still doesn't fully understand the meaning of the Tom Robinson case yet. Jem was treated by Atticus as an adult while Scout was treated like a child. Jem is devastated about the case because he understood that most people knew Tom was innocent and should have been released as innocent but yet Tom was still convicted guilty because of racial prejudice. Jem experienced all of these events in the turning point in his life. By: Audrey, Gracie, Judy, Justine, Karen, and Ruby Coming of Age: Scout vs. Jem Chapter 3 When scout feels left out while Dill and Jem play together, Atticus tells her that she has to walk in somebody else's shoes to understand them and have empathy. Chapter 25 Scout reads Mr. Underwood's editorial on how the conviction of Tom is like the slaying of a songbird. This makes Scout understand more about why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, but she still does not fully understand. Chapter 10 Atticus tells the children that killing a mockingbird is a sin, and when Scout goes to Miss. Maudie Atkinson to confirm this, she explains that Atticus is correct because a mockingbird doesn't do anything except make music. Chapter 30 Chapter 31 The End Thanks for watching! :) "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." “Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.
“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.
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