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Jem Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird)
Transcript of Jem Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird)
"Jem was very careful to explain that during school hours, I was not to bother him." Pg. 11
The quote shows that Jem was embarrassed about Scout trying to play with him during school. He thought that, because he was older he was too cool for his little sister, now that they would be sharing a play yard at school.
"When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken badly at the elbow. When it healed, Jem's fear of never being able to play football were assuaged." Pg. 1
How this ties to the theme of innocence is that, Jem was always trying to be a grown up. Like Atticus, Jem was someone Scout looked up to. He always tried to act like he had everything under control, when he was really just a kid. He was trying to lose his innocence of childhood faster then he needed. Jem is only a kid and he still owns his innocence when it gets scared of nothing and still tries to be a figure, everyone wanted to be or wanted to have around.
The passage shows that Jem was insecure about his injury. The quote tells the readers that he is hard on himself. He had a state of mind that if his arm was broken, then he was a failure to his father.