To Kill a Mocking Bird – Jem, Scout and Racism

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, shows the transformation of two small children, Jem and Scout. They develop and change throughout the book, starting as immature little kids and ending as young adults. Their father Atticus is a lawyer who takes on a case defending a black man, Tom Robinson, who has been accused of rape. Atticus is frowned on by the people of Macomb, their hometown, because this book takes place during the great depression. As a result of this, Jem and Scout are forced to mature over the course of the book as a result of the difficulties they encounter throughout the trial.

Jem and Scout must learn to deal with adult problems as a result of the trial. One example of this is when Mr. Ewell is killed as a result of him attacking them. Most children do not need to deal with the topic of death at such a young age, but Jem and Scout were closely related to the killing of Mr. Ewell. This is a very hard topic for young kids to deal with. In addition, Jem and Scout must deal with the fact that their opinion differs from the opinion of the majority of the town. It is hard for a young kid to deal with not being “normal” and not fitting in. But, dealing with adult problems is one of the many things Jem and Scout are forced to do as a result of the trial. Jem and Scout must alter the way that they interact with their peers as a result of the trial. An example of when this happens is when Scout must refuse to fight. Scat before the trial was always picking fights with people but now because of the trial she must stop. There is one part of the book where Scout shows how Scout stick up for a kid she would otherwise beat up, Scout says “No, everybody’s gotta learn, nobody is born knowin’. That Walter’s as smart as he can be, he just gets held back because he has to stay home and help his daddy. Nothin’s wrong with him. Naw Jem I think there is just one kind of folks, folks” (p. 227). This quote shows very will how …

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