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I need three quotes from Jem in the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, please!

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ngo9102 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 5, 2010 at 2:15 PM via web

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I need three quotes from Jem in the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, please!

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 5, 2010 at 11:12 PM (Answer #1)

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I like this quote from chapter 3 where Jem invites Walter Cunningham home for lunch after Scout beats him up. It shows Jem's kind heart and his maturing:

Jem said, "Our daddy's a friend of your daddy's. Scout here, she's crazy-she won't fight  you any more."

After the trial and Tom is found guilty, Jem struggles to understand how the people of Maycomb could have done such a terrible thing. This quote shows the pain Jem experiences as he continues to mature and realize the adult world is not what he thought it was:

"It's like bein' a caterpillar in a cocoon, that's what it is," he said. "Like somethin' asleep wrapped up in a warm place. I always thought Maycomb folks were the best folks in the world, least that's what they seemed like."

He is talking to Scout and Miss Maudie. This is from chapter 22.

In chapter 23, there is another cool quote that Jem says when he is trying to comfort Scout and convince her that Aunt Alexandra doesn't really hate her. They are trying to figure out what she means about their family, how their family is different from the Cunninghams, etc.:

"That's what I thought, too," he said at last, "when I was your age. If there's just one kind of folks, why can't they get along with each other? If they're all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time . . . it's because he wants to stay inside."

It shows that both Scout and Jem are learning the hard lessons of life.

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goose09 | Student, College Freshman | eNoter

Posted May 5, 2010 at 10:58 PM (Answer #2)

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"...If there's just one kind of folks, why can't they get along with each

other? If they're all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise

each other? Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think

I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house

all this time...it's because he wants to stay inside." (227, Jem)

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 6, 2010 at 1:52 AM (Answer #3)

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Here are three of my favorite quotes from Jem.

After Jem has lost his pants in the Radley fence, he decides to go back after them in the middle of the night. The house is still a scary place to the children, and Scout tries to talk Jem out of going. But Jem has his reasons.

"I--it's like this, Scout," he muttered. "Atticus ain't ever whipped me since I can remember. I want to keep it that way."  (Chapter 6)

After Aunt Alexandra has refused to allow Walter Cunningham Jr. to visit the Finch house, telling Scout that "he--is--trash, that's why...," Jem shows a true act of brotherly kindness toward his sobbing sister. "He caught me by the shoulders, put his arm around me," and said:

    "Have a chew, Scout." Jem dug into his pocket and extracted a Tootsie Roll. It took a few minutes to work the candy into a comfortable wad inside my jaw.  (Chapter 23)

Later, when Jem and Scout discuss Aunt Alexandra's passion for her "Old Family stuff's foolishness," Jem reaches a conclusion about their mysterious neighbor.

"Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time... it's because he wants to stay inside."  (Chapter 23) 

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