To Kill a Mockingbird

Jem uses the metaphor of a caterpillar in a cocoon to describe his feelings. According to him, in what way is he like a caterpillar in a cocoon? what feeling is he struggling with? How does it relate to the trial and the town of Maycomb? What does the



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Jem's has been well protected from the adult world, "wrapped up like a cocoon." All of this changes when he is exposed to the harsh realities of Tom Robinson's trial. Jem is forced to grow up and leave the cocoon that cannot keep him sheltered any longer..... his eyes are open, and he comes to understand that the people around him are not what they always appreared to be.