Jem Finch

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1. what is going on oh gee

1.1. Explain


2.1. Tom Robinson's innocence

2.1.1. '...They oughta do away with juries. He wasn't guilty in the first place and they said he was.' (p. 240) Jem believes firmly that Tom Robinson is innocent and does not deserve to be convicted of raping Mayella Ewell. He is furious and upset when the jury do so.

2.2. Family

2.2.1. ''Aunty,' Jem spoke up, 'Atticus says you can choose your friends but you sho' can't choose your family, an' they're still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge 'em or not, and it makes you look right silly when you don't.' (p. 244) In this quote, Jem is saying that you cannot choose your family, and that you should acknowledge and value your family, Jem is always looking out for Scout and appreciates the support of his family. He always puts them first throughout the novel and aims to look out for them.

2.3. Value

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2.4. Value

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3.1. Fair

3.1.1. When Scout is fighting with Walter Cunningham, Jem tells her to stop even though she is his sister (p.24 ) Jem realises boundaries when it comes to Scout, he is able to control what she says in some circumstances and will always be fair to whoever Scout is arguing with.

3.2. Moody

3.2.1. 'Jem was... difficult to live with, inconsistent, moody. (p. 125) Jem becomes moody as he ages, not wanting to play with Scout anymore and preferring to spend time on his own. Scout being younger than Jem doesnt completely understand whats changing with Jem.

3.2.2. 'Jem stayed moody and silent for a week.' (p. 63) At the start of TKAM all Jem and Scout do is play and have fun together. But as Jem starts to get older and grow more mature he starts to see thing from a different point of view. Scout doesnt yet understand this and this then leads to Jem not wanting contact with Scout and playing their childish games.

3.3. Quality

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4.1. Curiosity

4.1.1. Jem was always trying to get Boo Radley to come out because he wanted to know what he looked like. It shows that Jem always wants to know everything

4.1.2. Jem is always asking Atticus questions about the town, and then later in the book more about Tom Robinson and the case.

4.2. Pride

4.2.1. 'Jem wanted Dill to know once and for all that he wasn't scared of anything.' (p. 14) When Dill dared Jem to touch the Radley house, he was hesitant, but did it anyway to prove to Dill that he was tough and wasn't scared.

4.2.2. 'Jem thought about it for three days. I suppose he loved honour more than his head, for Dill wore him down easily; 'You're scared,' Dil said, the first day. 'Ain't scared...' Jem said. ' (p. 14) No matter how much Dill worked a Jem to try and override him Jem would always come out stronger. He was always trying to put his pride before trying to look like the cooler or more stupid boy.

4.3. Anger

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5.1. As a role model

5.1.1. Scout is always wanting to be around Jem no matter what they have gone through, even if they have just had a fight or a disagreement she will always see if hes okay and be there for him. Scout looks up to Jem, she believes in everything he believes in and has a strong admiration toward him. Jem is a positive role-model for scout to look up to.

5.2. Strong willed

5.2.1. No matter what people say against Jem he will always stand up for his beliefs and the people that mean something to him. Throughout the book Atticus tells Jem numerous times to drop a subject or forget about something he observed but Jem always follows through with what he is thinking Atticus sees Jem as a strong willed and independent young boy, who looks out for Scout no matter what. This characteristic of Jem is shown during the mob scene, when Jem refuses to take Scout and Dill home, no matter how much Atticus requested he did so.

5.3. Mischievous

5.3.1. ''Where are you two going at this time of day?' she shouted. 'Playing hooky, I suppose. I'll just call up the principal and tell him!'' (p. 110) Explain

5.3.2. ''Don't you lie to me!' she yelled. 'Jeremy Finch, Maudie Atkinson told me you broke down her scuppernong arbor this morning.'' (p. 110)


6.1. soft brown hair

6.1.1. 'Jem's soft brown hair and eyes...' (p. 166) Jem is described as having his mother's soft brown hair, in contrast to Atticus's greying black hair.

6.2. brown eyes

6.2.1. 'Jem's soft brown hair and eyes...' (p. 166) It is written that Jem's soft brown hair and eyes were his mother's.

6.3. oval face

6.3.1. 'Jem's... oval face and snug-fitting ears...' (p. 166) The narrator writes that Jem inherited his oval face and snug-fitting ears from his mother, as opposed to his father who has square-cut features.


7.1. Injustice

7.1.1. 'Jem was suddenly furious. He leaped off the bed, grabbed me by the collar and shook me. 'I never wanta hear about that court-house again, ever, ever, you hear me?' (p. 268) (Including Page #) Jem is angry and frustrated when Tom Robinson loses the case at the injustice of the legal system.

7.2. Maturity

7.2.1. 'Overnight, it seemed, Jem had acquired an alien set of values and was trying to impose them on me.' (p. 125 Throughout the novel, the reader is able to see Jem maturing as he witnesses the injustice of the world. He goes from spending all his time with Scout, to staying in his room and not wanting to play with her anymore. He begins having adult conversations with Atticus and bossing Scout around. Where earlier in the novel, Jem would often tell Scout to stop behaving like a girl, he started telling her she ought to act more like one.

7.2.2. 'Dill's eyes flickered at Jem, and Jem looked at the floor. Then he rose and broke the remaining code of our childhood.' (p. 153)

7.3. Compassion

7.3.1. 'A roly-poly had found his way inside the house... 'Why couldn't I mash him?' I asked. 'Because they don't bother you, Jem answered...' (p. 259) At the beginning of the book, Jem uses the example of lighting a match under a turtle to express how they should make Boo Radley come out. Dill tells Jem that its hateful to do that to a turtle, and in response Jem says it's not hateful, it's just persuasive. This contrasts to later in the book when Jem stops Scout from killing an insect, arguing that they don't bother her. This comparison shows how Jem has gained a sense of compassion and understanding for others throughout the novel.

7.4. Quality

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