What would you expect from a troublemaker ? In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird written by Harper Lee the story focuses on the lives of brother and sister. Jem and Scout Finch, Jem is a Scout's older brother, who likes to cause trouble. This essay i am writing will tell you about the ups and downs of Jem's life, and how it helped him to grow up.
In chapter 11, Jem and Mrs. Dubose have a person vs. person external conflict everytime him and Scout pass by her hous. Scout say “If she was on the porch when we passed by, we would be raked by her wrathful gaze, subjected to ruthless interrogation about our behavior, and given a melancholy prediction on what we would amount to when we grew up, which was always nothing” (114). …show more content…
To prove it is told by Scout she say “... once she heard Jem refer to our father as “Atticus” and her reaction was apoplectic” (115). Scout is explaining to the readers how Mrs. Dubose reacted to Jem calling his father by his first name which is atticus. Compared to all of the other conflicts Jem has overcome this one was a walk in the park for him.
The prize winning Novel takes place in the small southern town of Maycomb County, where Mrs. Dubose lived. Scout explains that Mrs. Dubose lives in Maycomb County with them “Mrs. Dubose lived alone except for a Negro girl in constant attendance, she lived 2 doors up the street from us in a house with steep stairs and a dogtrot hallway” (114). Mrs. Dubose lived in Maycomb and new the town and the people. The people in Maycomb were always so nice to Jem and Scout, but Mrs. Dubose would always be a mystery to them.
Jem comes grows up in their situation with Mrs. Dubose because Atticus tells him he can't do anything about it because she's old and ill. When Atticus tells Jem this he tries to listen, but Mrs. Dubose said something about Atticus and Jem lost his temper and cut all of her flower bushes. After Jem does this he has to live with the consequences and read to Mrs. Dubose every saturday for a month. Reading to Mrs. Dubose helped him grow because he learned that if he did something like that again he'd have to live with the consequences, so he didn't he grew