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Why does Jem not want anything to do with Scout at school  in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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hardhi450 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 14, 2010 at 12:01 PM via web

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Why does Jem not want anything to do with Scout at school  in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 14, 2010 at 2:26 PM (Answer #1)

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Jem is slightly embarrassed by his younger sister, especially the pugilistic tendencies she demonstrates in the playground. As there is a four year age gap between the children it is natural that there is a distance between them. Jem is a little more aware of the social propriety that their father Atticus would like them to show, so he is more restrained in his behaviour, and he leaves the endless questioning of the injustices of their society to Scout.

There is a strong bond between the children despite their distance at school. Their endless summer games are together, with their curious neighbour, Dill. When Scout's life is in danger during the cowardly attack from Bob Ewell, Jem unhesitatingly comes to her aid. They are very much typical siblings.

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