Jem, a character in the book, grows up and realizes that you have to step in someone else’s shoes to understand why they make the decisions that they make. Once Jem saw that the knot-hole in the tree was filled with cement he started crying because he stepped into Boo Radley’s shoes. Also, When Jem learned that Mrs. Dubose had died, he stepped into her shoes and then felt sorry for her.
One way that shows that Jem grows up and realizes that he has to step in someone else’s shoes to understand why they make the decisions that they make is when he discovers that Nathan Radley filled the knot-hole in the tree with cement. He told Jem that he filled the tree with cement due to the fact that the tree was dying, when it was obviously not. Boo was communicating with them by placing gifts in the knot-hole. Jem steps into Boo’s shoes at that point and figures out that all Boo was trying to do was communicate with the children, and putting gifts in the knot-hole was the only way he knew how to without getting a lot of attention from the public.
Jem knows that if he were locked up in his own house for that long, he would try to communicate and have a little fun with children that he sees playing around in the neighborhood. That is why he cries; he knows that Boo is just trying to be nice and communicate with them, and he just doesn’t understand why Nathan Radley would cut that communication between his brother and the children Another way that shows that Jem grows up and realizes that he has to step in someone else’s shoes to understand why they make the decisions that they make is when he learned that Mrs. Dubose had died. When he was reading to Mrs. Dubose, he hated it, and he hated her for making him do it for so long. Once he learned that Mrs.
Dubose was a morphine addict, and that her fits were from it, he ate all of his bad comments about her. He stepped into her shoes and saw everything from her perspective. He knew that if he were in her position, he would have probably done the same thing. That is why he asks, “Did she die free”; he felt sorry for her, and was expressing his condolences with that question.
Even though he knew that she was dead he still asks that because he felt bad for her. He thought that she was a, “Old Hell-Devil!”, but once he learned that she was dying, and that the fits were from the morphine, he felt real bad for calling her all of those names. Jem grows up and realizes that you have to step in someone else’s shoes to understand why they make the decisions that they make. He is able to step into other people’s shoes simply because he is older. He looks deeper into issues and can interpret them better. By doing this, he sees people’s perspectives and this is why he eventually agrees with their actions.
He is older, and that has made it so that he has had more experience in working with and understanding this rather simple process. Like people say, “With age, comes wisdom”. All Jem really had to do to eliminate conflicts with people was pretend he is them; he stepped into their shoes and saw things from there perspective. Then he understood why they made the choices they made.