To kill a mockingbird

by Anthony Ymballa

Jeremy Atticus "Jem" Finch

About Jeremy Atticus "Jem" Finch

Jeremy Atticus Finch (Jem) is the oldest child of Atticus Finch and four years older than his sister, Scout. His “left arm is shorter than his right” and is permanently bent due to an injury to his elbow he sustained when he was nearly thirteen. Jem is ten years old when Scout’s story begins with Dill visiting Maycomb for the first time. He is “big enough to fit” his name, yet is young enough that he is always eager to please his father.

Jem Finch - To Kill A Mockingbird

About Jem Finch cont.

Scout's older brother, Jem Finch changes considerably over the course of the novel. At first you see him as Scout's playmate and equal. Once the children start school, however, Jem becomes more aware of the difference in age between himself and his sister. He doesn't want her to embarrass him in front of his fifth-grade friends. And later he and Dill develop a friendship from which Scout is partly excluded because she is a girl. In this part of the story you see Jem as the wiser older brother. He is the first to figure out that Boo Radley has been trying to communicate with them, and he does his best to explain unfamiliar words to Scout, even though he often gets their meanings wrong.

Jem Finch