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by Harper Lee

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Describe the relationship between the narrator and her brother Jem.

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In many ways, Scout's relationships with her father and brother are fairly typical.  Four years younger than her brother Jem, Scout tries hard to keep up with him and prove herself, and for the most part, he is patient and encouraging, although he occasionally finds himself annoyed and exasperated with the younger girl.  However, in their small town, they are each other's primary companion and playmate when they're not at school, where Jem has ordered Scout to keep her distance.  Their summertime antics early in the novel, with the visitor Dill, are what eventually lead them to Boo Radley's house.  Jem proves how much he loves his sister when Bob Ewell goes after both of them and he defends her with disregard for his own safety. 


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