To kill a mockingbird

Character analysis by :Sophia Gonzalez


JEM- a swing
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"Jem was twelve. He was difficult to live with , inconsistent,moody",( Lee 131). "I just can't help it if mister Jem's growin' up. He's gonna want to be off to himself a lot now, doin' whatever boys do",( Lee 132).

The reason a swing would symbolize Jem would be because this has to do with coming of age from a child to a young man, and he begins to have many mood swings that take scout by surprise.


"I reckon if he'd want us to know it, he'da told us. If he was proud of it he'da told us... 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... Atticus is a gentleman, just like me"( Lee 112-113)

This shows how instead of going along with scout and doing the childish thing by gloating about how Atticus could shoot with one shot, he respected that Atticus didn't want them to know, therefore no one else needed to know.


" It's like this scout , Atticus ain't ever whipped me since I can remember . I wanta keep it that way"(Lee 63)

Jem is determined by doing whatever it takes to not disappoint Atticus , and going out at night to retrieve his pants from the back fence at the Radley place.

Blue - trustworthiness

"They must know you're here ... We'd know if they were looking for you... Atticus, can you come here a minute sir?"( Lee 159)

Jem know that it's right and responsible to let an adult know that Jem had run away.

Coming of age

"Aw hush . She doesn't understand it , Reverend, she ain't nine yet"( Lee 197)

This shows that Jem is mature and old enough to understand what the case is about and that he knows scout is too young to understand what rape means.


Mature, proud, convincing, responsible

Sibling of Scout

Lover of football and reading

Fears disappointing Atticus

Gives company and protection to scout

Needs Atticus' approval

Would like to see Atticus win the Tom Robinson case

Resident of Alabama