In and goes through several stages of life

In one’s eyes,
maturing is when a character grows to understand the concept of the world in a
more complex manner. While changing physically and mentally can be considered
maturing by others, true maturity is only achieved when a character develops an
advanced understanding of their surroundings and goes through a series of
events which ultimately shapes one’s individuality. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, establishes in a small
southern town called Maycomb in the 1930s, where racial discrimination is very
prominent in society. The novel progresses with a young girl growing up in
Maycomb named Scout who lives with her older brother, Jem and her father, Atticus.
In their neighbourhood, lives a man, named Arthur Radley (Boo) who is perceived
in society’s views as a dangerous and psychotic man who attacks his father with
scissors. This results in Boo staying inside of the Radley house and has not
been seen for many years. In the novel, To
Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee conveys the vision that in one’s life, an
individual experiences many events and goes through several stages of life
which eventually leads to a person’s maturity as demonstrated by the characters
Jean Louise Finch, Arthur Radley and Jeremy Finch.

Firstly, Scout is
an innocent young and hot-tempered girl who acts without thinking, but after
life-changing experiences, her mindset becomes more mature. To begin with,
Scout greatly matures when she controls her temper and obeys what her father
has instructed to her. Scout illustrates her anger management when one day at
school, her classmate Cecil Jacobs, is calling her father names and she
“remembered what Atticus had said, then dropped her fists and walked away,
“Scout’s a cow—ward!” ringing in my ears. It was the first time I ever walked
away from a fight” (Lee 102). It is not until Atticus tells Scout not to fight
on his behalf, that Scout finds the courage inside her to walk away. Scout is
fully aware how her father is defending a black man named Tom Robinson and she
knows all the obstacles she will face due to the case he is fighting. However,
while Cecil provokes her by taunting her about her dad, she obeys and keeps her
dad’s words by simply refusing and ignoring what he says. Her actions here show
how she’s able to control her anger towards Cecil’s name calling and she
develops that maturity that she needs. She realizes that fighting is not always
the best option for her to solve her problems. This shows that no matter who
the person is or what trouble they’re facing, people mature in their own
distinctive ways. Ultimately, Scout extremely matures as she listens to her
father’s word and does not fight Cecil Jacobs. Next, Scout demonstrates her
maturity as her view on Boo Radley drastically changes as she develops a
positive relationship with him. After Boo saves the kids from Bob Ewell and says bye to Jem and then Scout “…
led him to the front porch, where his uneasy steps halted. He was still holding
Scout’s hand and he gave no sign of letting me go. “Will you take me home?” …
“Mr. Arthur, bend your arm down here, like that. That’s right, sir.” I slipped
my hand into the crook of his arm” (Lee 373). Scout begins to comprehend the
true individuality of Boo as she sees him from a new and friendly perspective.
In the beginning of the novel, she believes the rumors the town says about Boo Radley
and considers him as a monster. But her thought gradually changes as she
acknowledges Boo’s good side based on his actions. She expresses her
understanding and appreciation to Boo because when they were holding hands, she
can bear it. Scout has the ability to refuse to hold hands, but she sees him as
a harmless man and continues to show lack of maturity by holding his hand and
escorting him home. Hence, Scout comes to the conclusion and proves her maturity
as her attitude and viewpoint changes about Boo Radley. Last, Scout finds her
own path to maturity when she gets exposure on how a woman should behave and
act in Maycomb. Scout’s aunt, Alexandra Finch is hosting a Ladies Missionary
Tea where the ladies of Maycomb gathered and talked about the ongoing issues in
the town. Scout decides to assist the ladies as well as getting the opportunity
to be a part of the gathering when “… Aunt Alexandra smiled brilliantly. “Stay
with us, Jean Louise,” she said. This was a part of her campaign to teach me to
be a lady” (Lee 307). Scout gives an actual thought about how she should be
more like a lady but because of the Ladies Missionary Tea Scout’s views of
womanhood, influenced by how Aunt Alexandra. This is a different and unique
experience for Scout as the way she acts, dresses, and walks like a boy is
because when she was little, her mother died. Leaving her in a house with two
men, Jem and Atticus. Scout has a lot of masculine influence and manly traits
but no feminine influence to guide to be mature like a woman. This Missionary
Tea is her first look on how the ladies are and get a better understanding of
how she should be like them the future. Even though Scout may look like a girl
and dress like a tomboy on the outside, she matures and develops the sense of
how womanhood is like on the inside. She has an eager to learn from this Tea
Party about how womanhood is like.

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Secondly, Arthur Radley (Boo) is falsely
rumored to be a dangerous man and a monster but due to the lack maturity he

To begin with, Boo establishes development
as he attempts to communicate with Scout and Jem due to his loneliness. As
mentioned before, Boo stays inside his house due to the rumor that he attacked
his father with scissors and is now believed to be a “monster” in the society’s
eyes. However, Boo stays out of sight for many years and his only communication
with anyone other than his family for many years. He decides to come out of his
comfort zone and communicate with the kids when he starts giving “… two soap
dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. We
never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given Boo
nothing, and it made me sad” (Lee 373). After years, Boo changes the kid’s
perspective that he is not that bad of a person that he claimed to be by the
town. Boo deciding to interact with the kids takes a lot of courage due to the
fact he hasn’t come out of his house for years. Instead of leaving a letter or
any piece writing clarifying how he is not the monster he is, his thought is
very unique, and he decides to give gifts such a two carved soap dolls with
Scouts and Jem’s face and figure. The gifts Boo leaves at the tree’s knothole
demonstrate how caring and thoughtful he is because a great amount of effort
and work has been put on carving the soap doll as well as he had to secretly
put those gifts without his family finding out. Next, Boo Radley ‘s personality
greatly changes when he leaves the Radley House and puts a blanket over Scout
during the fire. As the novel goes on, Boo starts to secretly involve himself
in Jem and Scout’s lives. For instance, the night Ms. Maudie’s house caught on
fire, it became very crowded that not many people that Boo Radley came out. But,
Jem had noticed Boo and told Scout that “Someday, maybe, she can thank him
for covering her up.” “Thank who?” Scout asked. “Boo Radley. You were so busy
looking at the fire you didn’t know it when he put the blanket around you.” …
“Boo sneaked out of the house—turn ’round—sneaked up, an’ went like this!”
(Lee 96). It is evident that Boo cares and concerns for the kids which makes
him one step closer to maturity. He also illustrates development in himself by
looking after the kids, more specifically, in this case, Scout, as he doesn’t
want any harm to happen to her. Moreover, it is also evident that he sneaked
out of the house and is aware that if got caught his family member, he would
have to face consequences for his action of leaving the house. But, he
courageously leaves the house to assist Scout and drapes a blanket over her
during the fire which he has successfully done. Last, Boo Radley demonstrates
his true maturation when he saves Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell trying to kill
them. An ignorant, little man named Bob Ewell tries to kill Jem and Scout
because of the help Atticus gave to the black man named Tom Robinson who is
falsely accused of raping a white woman. While defending for Tom at the trials,
Atticus reveals many bad things about Bob and has the whole town convinced that
he is a liar and ultimately, he rapes the woman. This lead Bob raging for
revenge by killing Atticus’s children, Jem and Scout. But Boo ultimately saves
Scout and Jem and from her view, she sees a “man was walking with the staccato
steps of someone carrying a load too heavy for him. He was going around the
corner. He was carrying Jem” (Lee 352). This establishes that Boo recognizes
the good and evil in this town. Boo matures physically when he rescued Jem from
Mr. Ewell. Boo finally finds his inner strength and decides to enter the woods
and save Jem and Scout. By doing this, he proves that he has learned to
overcome his fear and be around others. Boo showes courage and a sign of
maturity because he never comes out of his house and he put his own life at
risk to save the children from Bob Ewell killing them. When Jem is injured, Boo
does not flee or just leave him behind, he takes initiative to help him back to
safety. Therefore, Boo portrays courage very effectively as he demonstrates
true maturity by overcoming his fear and saving the children.

Lastly, Jem begins as a childish
playboy with a vivid imagination who after entering the adolescent world,
effectively matures in different levels. To begin with, Jem shows
development and a sign of maturity in difficult situation where the people in
the town we talking poorly about Atticus. When Scout and Jem’s father, Atticus defends a black man
in court, the town’s imperfections begin to show. For instance, when Jem
goes to school and the news continues to spread because … the school buzzed
with talk about Atticus defending Tom Robinson, none of which was
complimentary. I wouldn’t fight publicly for Atticus, but the family was
private ground” (Lee 301-302). In these situations, who wouldn’t be willing to
fight someone that is talking poorly about their father? This helps show how Jem has
matures because of the rumors Jem has to hold his head high and mentally talk
himself though not getting in fights and staying in control. He become more
like his father in the way he collects himself and matures in his mental
well-beinging. Next, Jem continues to grow and mature when
acknowledges his wrongdoing and compensates for it. Ms. Dubose talks poorly about
Atticus by saying hurtful comments about him which makes Jem furious which
makes him cut Mrs. Dubose’s camellia’s. For his wrongdoing and to make up for
his act, “Mrs.Dubose wants
Jem to read to her.” She wants Jem to come every afternoon after school and
Saturdays and read to her out loud for two hours. Atticus, do I have to?”
“Certainly.” “But she wants me to do it for a month.” “Then you’ll do it for a
month.” (Lee 140). Jem does not refuse, instead he accepts his punishment for
what he did and obeys his father’s words. Although he sees evil and rudeness on the inside of
Mrs. Dubose, he greatly matures by realizing his mistake and going through the
consequences. The shows one of the stages of growing up to a better person in
society. Thus, Jem learns that the best way of solving a problem is not by
doing something wrong to hurt others because they did, instead simply ignoring
and walking away is a better way to solve it. Last, Jem’s
maturation is significantly shown not only by mentally, but also physically.
When Jem notices his first sign of puberty, he shows Scout as “He unbuttoned
his shirt, grinning shyly. ‘Well what?’ ‘Well can’t you see it?’ ‘Well no.’
‘Well it’s hair.’ ‘Where?’ ‘There. Right there'” (Lee 119). When Jem shows his chest hair to
his sister Scout that one night, he does quite secretly and when he finishes he
makes certain that Scout keeps this a secret. Even though what he has is not a
lot this show how Jem is embracing his feeling towards being a man and is
becoming more responsibly, in many ways this shows he is kind of acting like a
father for Scout when Atticus is not there. This mostly comes with age, but it
also shows how Scout can see Jem as a protector from bad because he is aging
and becoming more manly. As much as maturing mentally can be a big
element in life, physically changing by appearance is a part of maturity that
is needed.