How does Jem behave during the mob scene in To Kill a Mockingbird?

During the mob scene in To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem behaves defiantly toward Atticus. However, he does this because he feels that he needs to support his father by protecting him in front of the mob.

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In chapter 15, Atticus heads into town after dinner to wait outside of Tom Robinson's cell as a precaution. Atticus is wary of the Old Sarum bunch and realizes that they might try to harm Tom on the night before the controversial trial. That evening, Atticus takes a lightbulb and his newspaper with him, and the children end up tracking him down. Jem can sense that something is amiss and is worried about Atticus, which is why he leads Scout and Dill into the middle of town, where they find Atticus peacefully reading the newspaper outside of the jail. Suddenly, the Old Sarum bunch arrives and surrounds Atticus. Despite their threats, Atticus refuses to move and allow them to lynch Tom Robinson.

As the children watch from a distance, Scout gets curious and ends up running out of her hiding spot into the middle of the group of men. Jem and Dill follow Scout, and Atticus tells Jem to take the children home. However, Jem defiantly refuses to leave the scene. When Atticus demands that his son go...

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