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What are some symbols that explain features of Jeremy Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird....

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sk8in43va | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 11, 2011 at 9:10 AM via web

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What are some symbols that explain features of Jeremy Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. Please read the paragraphs below.

I have been assigned Jem Finch, and I need to use an object, a drawing, or almost anything to symbolize features about Jem. And Than I must write a page long paper explaining what the object/color symbolizes and what it has to do with Jem or a feature about Jem

I need some ideas on what topics or objects I can use to sybolize Jem, I have thought of some like responsibility and leadership, and that is all I have thought of as of now.

Some things that I am looking for are something like a color, item, weather, any specific things that symbolize one of Jems features.


Red - symbolizies Leadership. -_- I need some help explaining why or how he symbolizes leadership.


Thank you all who attempt to help me

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 11, 2011 at 9:36 AM (Answer #1)

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Many objects in the story represent Jem.

The watch Atticus lets Jem carry demonstrates responsibility. It is expensive and it is only carried once in a while. A watch is also a symbol of responsibility because people who notice time and try to be punctual are typically responsible.

The pants Jem finds all sewn back together futher represents him. He is the only character who is broken both emotionally and physically in this story and then restored fully. The pants had ripped, but when Jem got them back, they were sewn, however poorly. This might represent Jem's mental anguish over his mother's death and his struggle with puberty or his relationship with a lawyer father. But, each circumstance made him stronger in the long run.

Finally, I would suggest using something that represents justice. Ironically, Jem gets upset with his lawyer father sometimes, but after the jury failed to find Tom innocent after hearing all of the testimony, Jem was bothered by the outcome for a long time. He wanted to see people treated fairly. So, maybe a good item to represent this would be the scales of justice.

Good luck!


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