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In these chapters, Lee uses Dill and Jem to show the contrast between childish innocence and adult  maturity. Dill shows the last vestige of childhood innocence by being the only one of the three still  scheming to get Boo Radley out of his house. By suggesting that a trail of candy will make Boo leave  his home, Dill still applies methods that would appeal to children, not adults. Jem demonstrates a  new level of understanding when he refuses to keep Dill's presence a secret from Atticus. Though  calling Atticus means incurring the wrath of his peers, Jem realizes that Dill's family is also  concerned. Jem also moves one step closer to adulthood when he refuses to obey his father for the first time in  his life. Scout explains, "In the midst of this strange assembly, Atticus stood trying to make Jem mind  him. 'I ain't going,' was his steady answer." Scout recognizes that Jem is exhibiting great courage,  but only after the fact does she realize that Jem and his father have moved to a new level in their  relationship with each other. Scout attempts to keep up with Jem and his newfound wisdom — and is, in fact, headed toward a 
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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