In Chapter 11, Jem gets very angry at Mrs. Dubose because she keeps insulting his family. Even though Atticus told them to ignore people's comment, Mrs. Dubose knew she got to Jem last nerve when she said, " 'Yes indeed, what has this world come to when a Finch goes against his raising? I'll tell you!' She put her hand to her mouth. When she drew it away, it trailed a long silver thread of saliva. 'Your father's no better than the niggers and trash he works for!' "(Page 102) The next thing we know is, Jem takes Scouts baton and cut the tops off every camellia bush Mrs. Dubose owned. Was Jem's action appropriate? Did he do the right thing for standing up for his family or should he have not let anger get in control of him and backed down?
His punishment for losing control of his anger, was reading to Mrs. Dubose for two hours a day, and had to work on the camellia's, every Saturday, until they grew back. He reads to her everyday and does not understand why he has to, until she dies. Atticus tells Jem, that his reading to her may have been some distraction, so she would not have to think about her fits. Also, Mrs. Dubose gives a candy box to Jem with a "white, waxy, perfect camellia" after she dies. Why do you think that Jem acts so vile against this box, and do you think that Jem learned any lesson during this experience?