From the first three chapters of To Kill a Mockingbird, outline the characters of Scout and Jem.

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Jem is almost 10 years old and in the fifth grade.  He has an interest in monsters of all kinds.  Not only is he interested in finding out what Boo looks like, he is excited to hear about Dracula when Dill tells him about it when they first meet.  Dill's story "moved Jem to eye him with the beginning of respect."  Jem also is courageous.  "In all his life, Jem had never declined a dare."  That was why he went up to Radley's house and touched it.  He is also very imaginative.  He gives a very detailed (yet somehow unbelievable description of Boo). He is also a typical brother who doesn't want to be "bothered" by his kid sister.  Atticus had to pay him in chapter 2 to take her to school. "Jem was careful to explain that during school hours I was not to bother him, I was not to approach him...to embarrass him...or tag along behind him at recess and noon." 

Scout on the other hand is sweetly innocent and naive, yet she's quite intelligent for her age.  She also understands at such a young age that there is a social class system in Maycomb.  There are the farmers who are quite poor, the Ewells who don't take care of themselves, and then there are townspeople like herself.  When she sticks up for Walter, it gets her into trouble and she gets her hand slapped with a ruler and has to stand in the corner.   Then we see that she's quite the tomboy when she beats Walter up in the schoolyard.

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