To Kill a Mockingbird

According to Jem, how do you get a turtle to come out of its shell? In what way might this idea be an apt parallel to get people to do what they don't want to do?

To Kill a Monckingbird 

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Jem says that lighting a match under a turtle will get him out of his shell. Similarly lighting a metaphorical match under Maycomb might get people to see the ugliness of racism and they might change their ways.