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gabbadoo14 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 6, 2012 at 7:53 PM via web

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What are the best quotes to describe Jem and Scout Finch in the book To Kill a Mockingbird? 

I have already read the book and I am having trouble finding good quotes for my summer project. Please help!

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

Posted August 6, 2012 at 8:47 PM (Answer #1)

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You may have some trouble finding quotes to describe Scout since, as the narrator, she chooses to reveal little about her physical attributes. We know she is a tomboy, for she loves to fight, wear her beloved overalls, and enjoy playing boyish games with Dill and Jem. She has no close girlfriends--Miss Maudie is her most trusted female companion--and she prefers the company of men.

     But I was more at home in my father's world... Ladies seemed to live in faint horror of men... But I liked them. There was something about them... that I instinctively liked... they weren't--
     "Hypocrites..."  (Chapter 24) 

But Dill is able to bring out the feminine side of Scout, and she falls in love with her summer neighbor. He becomes her "permanent "fiance," and life is not the same when Dill is absent.

With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.  (Chapter 12)

As for Jem, a good quote can be found in the first sentences of Part Two.

     Jem was twelve. He was difficult to live with, inconsistent, moody. His appetite was appalling, and he told me so many times to stop pestering him I consulted Atticus: ... Jem was growing. I must be patient with him and disturb him as little as possible.  (Chapter 12)

Jem must have resembled his mother, but there were times when he took after Atticus, and there is no doubt that he used his father as a role model.

Jem's soft brown hair and eyes, his oval face and snug-fitting ears were our mother's, contrasting oddly with Atticus's graying black hair and square-cut features, but they were somehow alike.  (Chapter 15)

When Jem discovers Atticus's secret shooting abilities, he recognizes that his father's humble nature prevents him from bragging about a talent of which he is not particularly proud. But Jem wants to be just like his father.

"Atticus is a gentleman, just like me!"  (Chapter 10)

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