What adjectives can be used to describe Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird?At least 5 adjectives...thanks:)

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Sensitive - Jem cares about what his father thinks of him, he wants to obey. He does love his sister and cares about her well being even though he likes to make her think otherwise.

Pensive - This means thinking. Jem is a serious thinker that Scout notes throughout the text. Sometimes he would wander off to behind the car house and just think. She thinks he would often recall their mother whom she had such little recollection of.

Adolescent - Jem thinks he is growing hair, he stuffs his face with bananas for football season next year, and he is referred to as Mister Jem. Also, he is often moody.

Just - Jem struggled with the verdict of the trial because it wasn't fair. He couldn't justify in his mind why men would be so terrible as to not accept the truth.

Obedient - Even though Jem did wrong things, he accepted life's consequence. Take the incident with Mrs. Dubose for example. She really cracked him. He would have liked to not have to go over there and read every day. But he does it because his father instructed him to do it.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

BRAVE.  Jem shows his bravery when he takes Dill's dare to run and touch the Radley house, but he risks his life to protect Scout from the murderous Bob Ewell later in the novel.

CURIOUS.  Curiosity gets the better of Jem several times during the novel, usually in episodes dealing with Boo Radley. His quest to make contact with Boo eventually fails, but he is relentless in his pursuit until the knothole is cemented.

SUPERSTITIOUS.  Jem talks about Hot Steams and the powers of the Indian head penny, among others.

ATHLETIC.  Jem has his eyes set on playing football for his school, though he never gets to play ball with Atticus. He spends a great deal of time outdoors--running past the Radley place and swimming at Barker's Eddy.

EMOTIONAL.  Jem loses his temper a few times during the novel. He gets angry with Mrs. Dubose and again when Atticus forces him to read to her. He becomes angy about the outcome of the Tom Robinson trial, and wrestles with Scout on occasion.

mkcapen1 | Student

In the book To Kill a Mockingbird Jem is the brother to Scout and Atticus' son.  He is a daredevil as he takes on Dill's dare to run and touch Boo Radley's house.  Jem is also a typical brother.  He is made to escort his sister to school on the first day because his father has to work.  He is agitated by this but doe as he has been told to do.  He is a dutiful son.

Jem demonstrates that he can be more than just a boy by showing his feelings of disappointment when he sees that the hole has been plugged up.  He is emotional and is upset about it.

Jem is courageous and protective.  When he and his sister are walking home and they hear something Jem directs his sister what to do for her safety and tries to protect her from Bob Ewel.

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