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Jem Finch

character web of Jem from To Kill a Mockingbird
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Sophia Goethals

on 28 April 2011

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Transcript of Jem Finch

Jem Finch Description 10-12 year old boy-
Real name is Jeremy Atticus Finch, but everyone calls him Jem Always goes after Boo Radley and tries to get him out of the house.
"Jem and Dill were simply going to peep in the window with the loose shutter to see if they could get a look at Boo Radley..." (pg. 58) Grows up: starts to become older throughout the chapters Jem becomes moodier, angrier and more controlling as he grows up and the case looms nearer.
"Jem was 12. He was difficult to live with, inconsistent, and moody." (pg. 131) Adventurous Strong-Willed He stays a gentleman and respects Mrs. Dubose for a very long time.
" 'Come on Scout,' he whispered, 'Don't pay attention to her, just hold your head high and be a gentleman." Themes Perspective Jem's Perspective changes greatly throughout the book as different things happen to him and as the reality and consequences of the trial face him "He picked up the camellia, and when I went to bed I saw him fingering the wide petals." (pg. 128)
"Scout, try not to antagonize aunty, hear?" (pg. 158)
"He stood there until nightfall, and I waited for him. When we went in the house I saw that he had been crying; his face was dirty in the right places, but I thought it odd that I had not heard him." (pg. 71) All of these quotes represent changes in Jem's attitude as important things, like his experience with Mrs. Dubose, happen to him. These experiences influence how he looks at the world around him and the people that live with him in the tiny town of Maycomb. Courage/Bravery Jem displays many differnet acts of courage, both mental and physical,
throughout the book. He learns many things from his encounters with courage, and these lessons force him to grow up and mature mentally and physically. "Jem threw open the gate and sped to the side of the house, slapped it with his palm, and ran back past us, not waiting to see if his foray was successful." (pg. 16
"Jem said quietly, 'My sister ain't dirty and I ain't scared of you,' although I noticed his knees shaking." (pg. 122)
"Jem shook his head. As Atticus's fists went to his hips, so did Jem's, and as they faces each other I could see little resemblance between them... Mutual defiance made them alike." (pg. 173) These quotes represent multiple occassions in which Jem displays courage. As Jem grows up, so do the ways in which he displays his courage. But as his forms of courage evolves, so does Jem as a person. Courage is a heavily influencial factor upon Jem's personality. Snapshot Greatly admires Atticus "Atticus is a gentleman, just like me!" (pg.113) 10-12 year old boy (grows up throughout the course of the book) Older brother of Scout, son of Atticus Lives in Maycomb, Alabama Playful, lots of energy Plays the Boo Radley game. " 'I know what we are going to play,' he announced, 'Something new, something different.' " (pg. 43) Very smart (read newspapers, books, etc.) Quotes "Naw Scout, it's something you wouldn't understand. Atticus is real old, but I wouldn't care if he couldn't do anything- I wouldn't care if he couldn't do a blessed thing." (pg. 113) "Don't you cry, now, Scout... don't cry now, don't you worry." (pg. 70) " 'That's because you can't hold something in your mind but a little while,' said Jem, 'It's different with grown folks, we-' " (pg. 156) "That doesn't mean you hafta talk that way when you know better." (pg. 143) "Oh go on and leave me alone. I'm readin' the paper." (pg. 133) Description Grown in size and understanding of the world. He seems to learn about the racist ways of the South and how and why certain people act certain ways (empathy). More protective of Atticus. When Atticus is guarding Tom Robinson at the Jail, Jem feels the need to go protect him from the angry mob that is after Tom. More protective of Scout. After the pageant, when Scout does not want to go right home because she is embarassed, Jem comforts her and says they can go home after everyone has left. Plays games less and reads the newspaper and books more. Breaks his arm badly in the altercation with Bob Ewell. Perspective As Jem grows up, he starts to see the world differently. He starts to think more like a grownup and becomes more like a father-figure to Scout. "It's like a caterpillar in a cocoon, that's what it is. Like somethin' asleep wrapped up in a warm place. I always thought Maycomb folks were the best folks in the world, least thats what i thought." This quote shows that Jem is realizing that people in Maycomb are ignorant, and live in a "cocoon" or safe shell. He realizes that they are not always fair or just. Education Jem not only becomes intellectually smarter, but also worldly smarter. He learns about the politics of the world and how different social classes can affect how someone acts and feels. "I mean in Maycomb County. The thing about it is, our kind of folks don't like the Cunninghams, the Cunninghams don't like the Ewells, and the Ewells hate and despise the colored folks."
(Scout previously says that she thinks there is only one kind of folks, folks.) "That's what i thought, too, when i was your age. If there's just one kind of folks, why can't they get along with each other? if they're all alike, why do they despise each other? Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time. . . it's because he WANTS to stay inside." These quotes show how Jem starts to realize that the social classes in Maycomb are not equal, and often times they despise each other and create an unfriendly world. Quotes "It was Jem's turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd." This shows that Jem has an aspect of childhood (crying), even though he understands real world events. "Jem was becoming almost as good as Atticus at making you feel right when things went wrong." This quotes shows how Jem is becoming more resposible. He is also being more protective of Scout and more of an older brother to her than a playmate. "No. Be real quiet again, Scout."
"Run, Scout! Run! Run!" Although these two quotes are short, they show how Jem has grown from caring mostly about himself and his games to caring more about Scout and her well-being. Themes Changes Jem now realizes that the world is not always a kind place. Although he still has some childish features to him, he thinks more like a grownup than before. He is more resposible and understanding of the world around him. Jem's arm was broken in his altercation with Bob Ewell. Part 2 Part 2 Part 2 Part 2
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