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The issue of femininity plays its most minor role in these chapters. In fact,  readers see through Scout that social conventions are in many ways unimportant.  Without her costume, Scout needs something to wear and humorously notes that  "in her distraction, Aunty brought me my overalls . . . handing me the garments  she most despised." Because of Jem's injuries, he won't speak for the rest of the story, making it  important to note the change in Jem from the beginning of the story to this point.  He began as a ten-year-old boy intent on flushing Boo Radley from his home. By 
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Unformatted text preview: the end of the novel, he is a strong, level-headed young man who "was becoming almost as good as Atticus at making you feel right when things went wrong." He puts his sister at risk when he and Dill try to peek into the Radley's house, but this night he risks his life for her. The novel begins with the events leading up to this moment, and Jem emerges as a mature adolescent well on his way to being a fine, respectable man, just like his father....
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