Throughout the story, Jem (taken from the word gem meaning a cherished and prized person) is used by Harper Lee as a representation of courage. In the beginning, Jem’s first act of courage occurs when Jem accepts Dill’s provocation to go and touch the Radley house. In the story, Scout says, “In all his life, Jem has never declined a dare” (Lee 16). This quote shows how Jem would never demur any sort of challenge, even if it involved stupid or childish acts like going to a forbidden place. Scout also shows how Jem even accepted a dare from her to jump off the roof of the house as a kid. An Enotes comment says that “Jem was scared but he overcame that fear and ran up and touched the house.” Even though these two acts were childish, they were brave and bold for someone his age and maturity none the less.
The novel starts by saying that Jem, the narrator’s brother, broke his arm at the elbow when he was about thirteen. From there the narrator foreshadows on two later events one related to the Ewells and another with Dill and Boo Radley. The story goes on to talk about how Simon Finch, their ancestor, made his homestead on Finch’s Landing, and how it was customary for the Finch men to stay at Finch’s Landing while making a living from the cotton. Atticus Finch the narrator’s father broke this tradition then he went to Montgomery to read law. Atticus was admitted to the bar and returned twenty miles east of Finch’s Landing to begin his practice in Maycomb, This is where he and his family now resign. The narrator is known as Scout but her
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” In life, one cannot back down once they are faced with adversity. There is no better statement than King’s that relays the message of upholding your beliefs. In “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, the theme of standing up for what you believe in is developed through Atticus Finch, Calpurnia, and Scout Finch.
In “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, Jem tries to do what is right and demonstrates that Jem is very courageous. Jem does many things to show that he is courageous. Jem loses his pants on the Radley’s fence and he tells Scout “I’m goin’ after ‘em”(Lee,56). Jem feels that it is right for him to get his pants back before Atticus realizes what he, Scout, and Dill tried to do. Earlier when Scout finished her first day and fears that school will always be just as bad as the first and “Jem assured [her] that the older [she] got the better school would be”(Lee,...). Jem showed courage because telling Scout that school was always be bad he did the right thing and told her what she needed to hear. Later in summer Jem and Dill want to talk to Boo
Everybody has their own opinion of what a hero is. A hero is someone who does what they believe is right, no matter what anybody has to say. They stand their ground and don’t fall into negativity. A hero is someone who is selfless and inspires us to be a better version of our own selves. One of the best examples of a hero is Atticus Finch, a lawyer and father in the 1930s in the book To Kill A Mockingbird. Many may believe a different character in the novel is worthy enough of being called a leader but since the beginning of the book Atticus has greatly demonstrated the strong and bold qualities of a hero.
There are many strong and well-developed characters in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. There’s the emotional, mental, and physical maturity of Scout Finch, the growing up of her brother Jem, and the change of ideas about Boo Radley. One of the most important characters of the novel is Scout and Jem’s father, Atticus. He goes through a lot in the book, and we, as readers, get the insight of his parenting and mentality. He has an extremely crucial role in the book, and his impact on the course of the story is an memorable one.
In the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee wrote about a family of three. Atticus, a widow husband, raises his children, Jem and Scout, along with a maid named Calpurnia. The book takes place in Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression. Throughout the book, the reader is presented with racism which is something that Jem and Scout did not understand in the beginning. A big, specific event in the book was Tom Robinson’s case. Atticus, being a lawyer, decides to defend Tom in his case because he feels that it is the right thing to do, since he knew no one else would; due to the fact that Tom was black. Tom was a man accused of rape and was found guilty even though the evidence clearly proved otherwise. Jem and Scout mature a lot during
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is a role model not only for Scout and Jem, but for the town as a whole. He is unbiased and just in his values, and this carries over to his parenting with Jem and Scout. Atticus always listens to what his children have to say, and they greatly respect him for it. He instills in them that it is okay to stand up for what they believe in, even if the rest of society shuns them for it. They are taught to treat other people with respect and to always think before acting. Although Maycomb sometimes looks down upon Atticus, he is an exemplary parent because he has ingrained the values of respecting others, thinking before acting, and being oneself into Scout and Jem.
Courage means the ability to do something that frightens one. Everyone has had a tough time in thier live when they needed to have courage. Scout and Jem are in the middle of a rough time in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee where they live in Maycomb with their father, Atticus. Maycomb is a place that suffers from a lot of prejudice and racism. Jem changed throughout the story as he learned that it’s important to have courage especially when it gets hard.
To begin, the author of the story To Kill A Mockingbird tells the life of brother, Jeremy Finch and his sister, Scout who grew up in the era of racism and social inequality. Jeremy Finch, better known as Jem, is a typical young boy who grew up in a small Alabama town of Maycomb. He was described has someone who had an interest in sports, guns and being tough. The author, Harper Lee develops the character of Jem, who encounters many conflicts (internal and external) and shows how many of them were handled with using the theme of coming of age. With Jem’s voice and characterization, Lee shows how a young immature boy can grow into a mature, independent man.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a book about a brother and sister, Jem and Scout, who live in Maycomb County and their best friend Dill. Their father is Atticus Finch, Atticus Finch is like a father to Dill, who is a lawyer. He deals with prejudice both inside and outside the courtroom. The toughest case he had received was with Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is a negro who was accused of raping a white woman. This is what Atticus wants to prepare Jem and Scout for, the real world, so he instills many lessons in them. One of the lessons he told them was that “it is a sin to kill a mockingbird”(119). He says this because of the innocence mockingbirds symbolize. Mockingbirds symbolize innocence because they don’t harm anyone and all they do
Jean Louise Finch ‘Scout’ is a headstrong young girl who narrates the novel ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, set in the fictitious County Maycomb over the span of three years. She is often found sporting dirty overalls or breeches and possesses a rather tomboyish personality, much to her aunt’s dismay. It says, “Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire... When I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants.”(Page 90)
To Kill a Mockingbird is essentially a novel about growing up under remarkable circumstances in the 1930s in the Southern United States. The story covers a compass of three years, amid which the fundamental characters experience huge changes. Scout Finch lives with her sibling Jem and their dad Atticus in the invented town of Maycomb, Alabama. Maycomb is a little, affectionate town, and each family has its social station contingent upon where they live, who their guardians are, and to what extent their predecessors have lived in Maycomb.
Father, lawyer, and friend, the gentlemanly Atticus Finch hopes to shape the character of his children. The novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, is the story of the childhood of the young girl named Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. Throughout the book, the character Atticus, who is her father, tries his best to raise her and her brother, Jem, the right way as a single parent. To Kill a Mockingbird exemplifies the way the character of Atticus Finch either uses ritual or abandons it in order to develop certain character qualities within his children. He is especially concerned with the development of honesty, courage, and humility.
Parenting has no bounds. A parent can treat their child any way they want to. In the child’s eyes, they believe most things a parent will tell them, which may leave no room for an independent thought. Atticus Finch is a widowed father of two children; his daughter Scout and his son Jem. These are characters featured in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Although he is a fictional being, his lessons from 30 years ago or more can still have somewhat of an impact on a child today. Atticus is an appealing role model and an honest parent because he teaches his children virtues. He shares his observations and values with his children and lets them think for themselves.