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What is the physical description of Jem Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird? I need the...

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sally3214 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 30, 2012 at 5:44 PM via web

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What is the physical description of Jem Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird?

 I need the description of him as of the end of Chapter 11, please (so when he's like 10-12).

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 30, 2012 at 9:26 PM (Answer #1)

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Jem is an adolescent boy who is active and athletic.  He has brown hair and is not very tall, but has a thin build.

Jem is ten years old when the book starts.  We also know that he has straight brown hair from the description of Boo’s model of him.

The boy had on shorts, and a shock of soapy hair fell to his eyebrows. I looked up at Jem. A point of straight brown hair kicked downwards from his part. I had never noticed it before. (ch 7)

Jem also has light skin, which turns red when he is embarrassed.  Jem is also fit and athletic.  He loves sports.  Scout describes him as “football-crazy” (ch 10).  The first sentence of the chapter refers to his reaction to breaking his arm, saying that he was just happy he could still play football.

However, Jem is not very tall.  When they visit the Radley house, Scout notes that the window “sill was several inches taller” than Jem (ch 6).  Jem is fast though.  He spends most of his time active.

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