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What is a quote that describes Jem Finch's personality in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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At the beginning of the novel, Jem is portrayed as a domineering older brother with an active imagination. Jem is fascinated with their reclusive neighbor and naively thinks that Boo is a malevolent individual. After listening to Miss Stephanie's rumors concerning Boo Radley, Jem lets his imagination go as he gives the children his fanciful description of Boo. Scout says,

Jem gave a reasonable description of Boo: Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained—if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time. (Lee, 13)

Another scene that depicts Jem's active imagination, energy, and self-confidence is when he attempts to make Scout feel better about school by telling her that everything improves in the sixth grade. Scout...

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marykate14 | Student

Well Jem is very kind but has a rebellious side to him. We see this later in the book. He seems like he try's to act older then he really is which could mean that he is in adolescence.

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