Jem is Scout's older brother. He is depicted as an athletic, curious adolescent. At the beginning of the story, Jem is fascinated by their reclusive neighbor, and he matures as the novel progresses. In the first paragraph of the story, Scout offers a description of Jem's physical appearance by saying,
His left arm was somewhat shorter than his right; when he stood or walked, the back of his hand was at right angles to his body, his thumb parallel to his thigh. He couldn’t have cared less, so long as he could pass and punt. (3)
Later on, the children receive miniature sculptures of themselves in the knothole of the Radley tree, and Scout once again comments on Jem's appearance by mentioning,
I looked up at Jem. A point of straight brown hair kicked downwards from his part. I had never noticed it before. (61)
Jem is portrayed as a good kid with a soft heart. He is also a loyal, obedient son who does not want to disappoint Atticus . Towards the end of chapter six, Jem decides to return to the...
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