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by Harper Lee

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What does the text tell us about the relationship between Scout and Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird? Provide one or two quotes.

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Jem and Scout are depicted as typical siblings who bicker and fight on occasion but genuinely love and support each other. Scout looks up to her older brother, and Jem is portrayed as a caring, enthusiastic older sibling. Jem spends a considerable amount of time with Scout and allows her to tag along on his adventures with Dill. Similar to many older siblings, Jem has a tendency to dismiss Scout's feelings and get on her nerves.

As Jem begins to experience puberty, he becomes more aloof and domineering. In chapter 14, Harper Lee illustrates their typical sibling rivalry by depicting Jem and Scout's altercation. Scout expresses her negative feelings towards Jem by saying,

His maddening superiority was unbearable these days. He didn’t want to do anything but read and go off by himself. Still, everything he read he passed along to me, but with this difference: formerly, because he thought I’d like it; now, for my edification and instruction. (73)

Despite their sibling rivalry and minor...

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