The Brave Jem Finch Essay

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The Brave Jem FinchThe book à ÃTo Kill a Mockingbird- -, by Harper Lee, has manycharacters andthemes. The main themes are racism and theinteraction of colored and white p eople in thesouth. The settingis Maycomb County, Alabama. The main characters are the Finchfamily;father Atticus, daughter and narrater Jean Louise (Scout),and her older brother, Jem Finch.- ÐÐ Ð Jem was a brave boy. He was braveenough to stand up and dothe things he had to, even if they scared him. An example is whenhehad to help cure Mrs. Dubose's drug problem. ` 'The following Monday Jem and I climbedthe steep (#(#K front steps to Mrs. Dubose's house...' ` 'So, you brought that dirty little sister of yours,did you?' was her greeting. ` Jem said quietly, 'My sister isn't dirty and I ain'tscared of you,' although I noticed his knees shaking.- ÐJem Finch's bravery had many ways of showing itself. He oftengot scared but hedidn't want anyone (especially Scout) to know it. He would often do things even if he really didn'twant to, becausehe was brave and proud. This pride was for himself and his family.His fatherwas very important to him; Jem thought it was his dutyto sti ck up for his father when others inthe town said thingsabout him.'Jem,' he said, 'are you responsible for this?'- Ð` ` 'Yes sir.'` ` 'Why'd you do it?'Jem said softly, 'She said you lawed for niggers and trash.'Jems bravery was also evident in other character traits;emotions were a largepart of his life. Because Atticus was alawyer, Jem often went to the court room and noticed thevariety ofstrong emotions that are invoked by the pressure and atmosphere ofthe courtroom.Jems bravery makes him conscious of his emotionsand he doesn't always want others to knowhow he feels. Scoutknows that he always waits until he thinks it is t he right time toreveal hisemotions. ` 'I can get the janitor to let you in...Scout?'` ` 'Hm?' ` 'Nothing.'` ` Jem hadn't started like that in a long time.I ` ` wondered what he was thinking.- ¤ Just as the plot is very complex and can't be described in onesentence, so are thecharacters. A main character like Jem Finchis very complex and it would be impossible toelaborate on all ofhis traits in just one page. Jems bravery is evident in hislifestyle, his pride,and his emotions. The Brave Jem FinchƒThe book à ÃTo Kill a Mockingbird- -, by Harper Lee, has manycharacters andthemes. The main themes are racism and theinteraction of colored and white peopl e in thesouth. The settingis Maycomb County, Alabama. The main characters are the Finchfamily;father Atticus, daughter and narrater Jean Louise (Scout),and her older brother, Jem Finch.- ÐÐ Ð Jem was a brave boy. He was braveenough to stand up and dothe things he had to, even if they scared him. An example is whenhehad...

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