Thesis Statement For To Kill A Mockingbird Maturity

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel of growth and maturation because it focuses on the coming of age of young Scout as she comes to understand the world.

An example of Scout’s maturation is her developing sense of empathy.  In the beginning of the book, she is about six years old.  She acts impertinent questions, such as when she drills Dill on where his father is, and insults people without realizing it, such as...

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel of growth and maturation because it focuses on the coming of age of young Scout as she comes to understand the world.

An example of Scout’s maturation is her developing sense of empathy.  In the beginning of the book, she is about six years old.  She acts impertinent questions, such as when she drills Dill on where his father is, and insults people without realizing it, such as when she asks Walter what he is doing when he pours syrup on his dinner.

When Scout starts school, she has conflicts with her teacher.  Atticus explains that if she really wants to get along with people, she has to learn empathy.

"[If] you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-"

"Sir?"

"-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." (ch 3)

We see this development in Scout as she begins to walk away from fights, tries to understand changes in her brother Jem’s behavior, and tries to relate to Mr. Cunningham about a subject relevant to him when the mob confronts Atticus.

The first true sign of Scout’s maturity is when she feels sympathy for Mayella Ewell during the trial.  On the surface, Mayella has caused her a lot of grief lately.  Yet when she hears about her life, Scout is able to walk around in Mayella’s skink.

As Tom Robinson gave his testimony, it came to me that Mayella Ewell must have been the loneliest person in the world. She was even lonelier than Boo Radley, who had not been out of the house in twenty-five years. (ch 19)

Scout’s realization about the true circumstances of Mayella’s life demonstrates that she is growing and maturing.  She has come to learn the skill of empathy, and can appreciate another person’s situation.

The coming of age theme weaves the two threads of Boo Radley and the trial together, as Scout comes to understand both Mayella and Boo.  She grows throughout the novel to a more and more adult view of the world and the people in it.

Essay about Jem´s Maturity in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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“Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations.” is a quote from Samuel Ullman. This describes the struggles that Jem went through by taking part in the community and trial and by also taking the risk of losing some of his friends and family in Harper Lee’s, To Kill a Mockingbird. Through Jem’s interaction with the racism of Maycomb, he became aware of the things around him. We all learn that it takes a strong person to overcome the barriers of society.

Jem had changed throughout the story from acting like a child and doing things that children do to becoming more mature and taking part in the…show more content…

“Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations.” is a quote from Samuel Ullman. This describes the struggles that Jem went through by taking part in the community and trial and by also taking the risk of losing some of his friends and family in Harper Lee’s, To Kill a Mockingbird. Through Jem’s interaction with the racism of Maycomb, he became aware of the things around him. We all learn that it takes a strong person to overcome the barriers of society.

Jem had changed throughout the story from acting like a child and doing things that children do to becoming more mature and taking part in the community. When Dill had ran away from his mom and stepdad during the summer Jem and Scout had found him under the bed in Scout’s room. Scout was planning to hide him in her room: however, Jem had other plans. “Dill’s eyes flickered at Jem and Jem looked at the floor. Then he rose and broke the remaining code of our childhood. He went out of the room and down the hall. “Atticus, can you come here a minute, sir?” (pg. 74) For years, Jem and Dill had been the best of friends. Dill had found Jem trustworthy, however, Jem was willing to do what was right even if it means losing a friends trust. Towards the end of the summer, when Dill was getting ready to leave Jem felt that it was necessary that Dill should learn to swim. He has spent

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