What are 15 personality traits of Jem Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

1. Athletic: Jem loves sports and wishes to start playing on the football team.

2. Respectful: Similar to Atticus, Jem treats others with respect and is a morally upright individual.

3. Empathetic: Jem understands when Scout is upset and does his best to calm her down.

4. Humorous: Many of Jem's explanations are humorous and add comic relief to the story.

5. Leader: Jem takes on the role as the leader of their group throughout the novel.

6. Proud: Jem is proud of his father for killing the rabid dog in one shot.

7. Gullible: At the beginning of the novel, Jem believes the untrue rumors about Boo Radley.

8. Inquisitive: Jem is a curious individual who is continually asking his father questions. 

9. Naive: Before the Tom Robinson trial, Jem does not realize the overt prejudice in his community.

10. Loyal: Jem refuses to leave his father's side when the Old Sarum bunch surrounds him.

11. Protective: Jem is protective of Scout and makes her spit the gum out that she found in the Radley tree.

12. Jaded: Jem becomes jaded with the community members of Maycomb following the trial.

13. Talented: Jem can play various roles in the children's rendition of Boo Radley's life story.

14. Adventurous: Jem is not afraid to go on a nighttime raid in an attempt to get a look at Boo Radley.

15. Vindictive: Jem takes revenge on Mrs. Dubose by destroying her camellias.

missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

1. Creative/ 2. Inventive - He helped create dramas, ways to get to Boo Radley, a treehouse, and the morphodite.

3. Curious - He wanted to know about Boo Radley.

4. Sensitive - Jem regularly spent time alone. These are times when he was thinking about his mother. He also took the trial quite hard.

5. Protective/ 6. Brave - He was fighting Bob Ewell, a grown man, when Boo Radley rescued him.

7. Fair/ 8. Generous - He brings Walter home for lunch after Scout beats him up.

9. Pensive - He spends time thinking about things like the fact that someone had sewn up his pants and the points of the trial.

10. Human - He won't do something for nothing. He had to be paid to take his sister to school.

11. Understanding - When Aunt Alexandra arrived, he got it. He understood that it was best to just stay out of the way rather than try to cause further problems.

12. Defensive - Jem didn't want to be shown up by a little kid. He was always trying to show Dill how he was better than him.

13. Moral/Just - Jem believed that Tom should have been let off.

14. Perceptive/ 15. Stubborn - Jem understood at the jail that night that if the kids left, the group could have beat up Atticus. But because the kids were there, they probably wouldn't do it.

katiewiegert | Student

Thanks sooo much! I am a sophmore in high school and needed just this!

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