Jem a shipshape son Everyone knows Jem from To Kill a Mockingbird, but do you? How well do you know Jem? To Kill a Mockingbird is a story about the deep south told through a young girl's perspective, a perspective of innocence written by Harper Lee. Jem plays an important role in To Kill a Mockingbird, because he had his dreams broken at a young age. This character has an unbelievable amount of backstory and depth to it because he is a good brother, great son, and a man of honor. Jem is a good brother, on page 43 it says “I know what we are going to play.” This shows that he plays with his younger sister, which many older brothers do not. Another example is that he cares about his sister, Scout. On page 44 it says “Don't eat things you find scout.” Here is an example of his concern about her well-being. It is clear that he does care about his sister through the concern he expresses for Scout. Harper Lee’s character can also be described as a good son. On page 20 it is written “He blew out his breath patiently. I- it's like this, Scout," he muttered. "Atticus ain't ever whipped me since I can remember. I wanta keep it that way." This shows that he does not wish to disappoint Atticus, so he follows his father’s word to the letter. Another example in all his …show more content…
In one instance he does not turn down a dare, For example. On page 18 it says I won't say you ran out on a dare an’ I’ll swap you The Gray Ghost if you just go up and touch the house. It is clear that jem Cares about what people think about him and his word and what weight it carries.In another event he cares about what his father thinks about him. On page 18 the author writes"I- it's like this, Scout”, he muttered. "Atticus ain't ever whipped me since I can remember. “I wanta keep it that way." Jem is portrayed as a person a person That cares what his dad thinks about him, and He strives to set a good example for his sister, He also strives to impress his
As many people grow up and mature, they start to see their world as it really is. In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Jeremy Atticus (Jem) Finch displays many acts of courage and empathy as he becomes a man. Jem is naive about many issues described in this novel as it begins. Jem is a typical American boy, he’s not one to back down from a dare and is a football fanatic. Like many older siblings, he gets annoyed with his younger sibling, but he still protects Scout and remains her closest friend.
When Atticus find out that Jem, Scout, and Dill followed him into town, he demands that they go home, but Jem refuses: “We were accustomed to prompt, if not always cheerful acquiescence to Atticus‘s instructions, but from the way he stood Jem was not thinking of budging,” (203). Jem is maturing, and he is starting to understand the situation that Atticus is in because of his defense of Tom Robinson. While he would normally obey Atticus, he realizes that protecting his father against the lynch mob is more important. Jem displays his courage even in his stance, emphasizing that he is doing what he thinks is right in spite of the challenges he faces. As Scout interacts with the mob, Atticus continues to demand that the children go home: “‘Atticus stood trying to make Jem mind him.
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 a young girl named Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. Throughout the book, Scout’s father, Atticus, 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 specifically focuses on the development of honesty, courage, and humility.
This is when he went out of control and lost all of the maturity he had. He could no longer take Mrs.Dubose’s insulting comments. This was a terrible decision yet others would have been tempted to do the same thing. As a punishment, Jem is forced to read to
Jems opinion on life changes a lot through the Tom Robinson case. He learns that people aren't treated equally just by the color of their skin. From this quote it shows just how much Jem cares about people's equality and how he's maturing. After the case and Tom Robinson's death Jem doesn't do anything to anybody or anything that doesn't deserve it. Like this incident in the story, A rolly polly has crawled in the house by Scouts bed she was going to smash it
The best teacher is always experience. Throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Jem, one of the main characters, undergoes many significant personality changes. Jem’s character changes through several experiences, the most prevalent of those being when Jem turns twelve, when he destroys Mrs.Dubose’s flower bed, and when he learns of the town’s racial bias. Jem’s personality underwent significant changes when he turned twelve years old. His new behavior was noticed by Scout, who described him as,”...
In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Jem grows from a little boy to an intelligent young man. Throughout the book, he discerns many things that shape his personality. As Jem grows, he learns how bad society is and that not everyone is perfect. Fortunately for Jem, this ends up helping him and he finds out that Atticus is a hero and that he should look up to Atticus. Through Atticus and the trial, Jem loses his innocence by learning about prejudice, bravery, and that the justice system is crippled.
He realized Boo Radley had no intentions of harm; he just wanted to give the kids some gifts. “Atticus ain't ever whipped me since I can remember. And I want to keep it that way”(75) This shows Jem’s perseverance to perform actions that will benefit him in a positive way. Which speaks on the first quote on how he has changed for the better and just wants to be the best person he can be.
He proposes that he does not want to be punished by his parent because he fears his father 's punishment that he sneaked up on the Radley’s house. In the novel, the author implies: “I stomped at him to chase him away, but Jem put out his hand
In the first few chapters of the book where Jem and Scout were young children, he accepted a dare to touch the wall of Boo Radley’s house because he thought that was what real courage was, accepting dares. Although he had heard the stories told of Boo Radley and was terrified by them, it did not stop him from going ahead to accept the dare because he thought that it would determine how much courage he had. Also, he knew the rumours of how if one touched anything near Boo Radley 's house, one would die. However, Jem seemed
Jem, a young and smart boy develops and matures through many unique situations in the novel. Jem is exposed to the harsh belief, judgement and circumstances of the court at a very young age. Following his father, Jem involves himself in the trial between Tom Robinson and Mayella Ewell yet takes Tom’s side due to his father's involvement. Jem slowly loses faith in the justice system and is faced with a loss of innocence as explained by Scout“It was Jem’s turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd.
A father plays a crucial role in the life of his children. One modern adage expresses a touching thought about fathers, stating, “Dad, a son’s first hero and a daughter’s first love.” This quote embraces the relationship of Atticus Finch and his children, Jem and Scout, in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Jeremy, the older of the Finch kids, holds his father in extremely high regard and depends on his guidance in life while his younger sister, Jean Louise, trusts Atticus whole-heartedly and adores him despite her occasional indifference toward him. During the three years in which To Kill a Mockingbird takes place, the author grants a glimpse of Atticus’ method of upbringing.