To Kill a Mockingbird


How does jem show a strong sense of justice?


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I think that one of the hopeful themes in this novel involves Jem maturing into the type of man his father is. I think that in chapter 11 Jem matures through his experience with Mrs. Dubose. Through his reading to her and his flower at the end, he may not have liked her but he comes to understand her. This is exactly what Atticus wanted his son to see. In Chapter 21 Jem realizes that despite his father's best efforts, the world can be an unfair dark place. Tom Robinson is deemed guilty despite his obvious innocence. Jem too loses his innocence that day. He sees the ugly side of his friends and neighbours, he sees that the right verdict didn't come after doing the right thing. Jem truly appreciates the sense of justice and injustice that the society gives out.