Is Jem color-blind in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Although bad eyes are a curse of the Finches, literally--and optically-- Jem is not color-blind, though Scout jokingly calls him that (in Chapter 12) after Jem makes the fashion mistake of trying to wear a green tie with a blue suit. Cal is quick to make him change the offending tie, and "his face flushed angrily" after Scout's comment. Metaphorically, however, Jem does prove to be color-blind when it comes to his views of black people and justice for all. Unlike the jurors, who can't see past Tom Robinson's skin color, Jem puts the facts together himself and decides that Tom could not have committed the crime.


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