Jem Finch


Text Evidence

Jem and Scout have run to Atticus’ side when a mob of men try to charge past Atticus to Tom Robinson. When told to return home, Jem responds to Atticus, “No.” Go home, I said.’… Jem shook his head. As
Atticus’s fists went to his hips, so did Jem’s, and
as they faced each other I could see little
resemblance between them... ‘I ain’t going,’
was [Jem’s] steady answer.”

From watching his father risk only one shot when shooting the dog, and then succeeding, Jem is motivated to become as courageous as Atticus.Thinking that he could alter the situation with his bravery, Jem tries to emulate Atticus and says, “No.” This action conveys Jem’s courage and his resemblance to Atticus, both physically and mentally.


Jem represents the idea of bravery in the novel, and the way that his definition changes over the course of the story is important. #Bigbro

Jem is the one who takes action. He's the one who overcomes his fear to run up and touch the radleys' front door, fiddles with the fishing pole to try and leave a note on Boo's windowsill, and spearheads the midnight raid on the Radley's Place. #Confident