Throughout the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Jem and Scout grow significantly in many different and sometimes unexpected ways. They grow morally and emotionally wise, and undergo many psychological changes, in how they think, act, and learn to see the world around them. The root of these developments, though their have been many other impressionable times, were the sad case of Tom Robinson, and the attacking of the children by Bob Ewell.
The trial of Tom Robinson was a pivotal moment in both the novel and for Jem. The trial was for a clearly innocent man, Tom, the out come however was not one favoring his innocences, he was wrongfully accused of rapeing and beating Mr. Ewells daughter, Mayella. Though there was evidence strongly pointing to Tom’s innocences, sadly the jury fell towards the side of prejudice, being as Tom was a black man and Mr. Ewell white. This whole case of Tom losing the trial and being sent off, and later killed, threw jem into a world of anger, sadness and disappointment. Jem believed that his father would be able to win the case as all evidence was irrefutable and in order, sadly though, Jem learned the lesson that life is not always a fair endeavor. Towards the very end of the novel Jem and Scout on the way home from a school event, are attacked under a tree by a first unseen assailant, who later is found out to be Mr.
Ewell. Boo Radley, the very man who the two children once feared and distrusted, saved their very life’s, it is not in this that matured the children, but what scout said afterwards. Mr. Tate proposed that Bob had perhaps fallen on his knife, Atticus caught his lie, he then asked scout why it would be best not to tell the truth about what really happened, she said “yes sir I understand… Mr. Tate was right.
.. It’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?” demonstrating how she’s grown, and how this affected her.In the being of the novel the children were once fascinated by the mysterious man Boo Radley, who lives cross the street, and the stories that surrounded him. As children do Jem and Scout pursued their curiosities, they always seemed to have conjured up some plan to come in contact with Boo, often snooping around his back windows, and leaving notes attached to fishing poles for him to later find. But slowly they outgrew those things, and towards the end of the novel they began to see Boo more as a human who enjoys to keep to himself rather than the monster they once saw.
Jem and Scout grew further into their shoes compared to how they started off, childish and young, naive. They grew In many small ways and many larger ones as well, they grew moraly, emotionally and phycology throughout the book. The novel To Kill A Mockingbird is a story about coming of age and loss of innocence, and the children, events and world around them show that very well.