In To Kill a Mockingbird, what are ten things about Jem Finch that are the most important?

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Jem certainly plays a very significant role in the novel and his character is well developed. Here are some facts about Jem in terms of the plot and the kind of young man he is shown to be:

1. Jem is Atticus' son and Scout's big brother.

2. He loves and admires his father enormously and models himself after Atticus.

3. He loves Scout deeply and looks after her, even though she annoys him frequently as only a little sister can.

4. Jem rememers his mother and misses her in a way Scout does not because Scout does not remember their mother.

5. Jem is not a racist. He loves Calpurnia and treats her with respect.

6. Jem "hates" Mrs. Dubose but is upset when she dies.

7. His fear of Atticus' disapproval overcomes his fear when he goes back to the Radley place to retrieve his pants.

8. Jem goes through many changes throughout the novel; he is growing up; this changes his relationship to Scout in some ways she does not like.

9. Jem is old enough to understand what is done to Tom Robinson in court and feel pain because of it.

10. Jem is attacked and hurt badly by Bob Ewell on the way home from the school play, as he tries to protect his little sister.


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