Examples Of Jem Being A Role Model In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird: Jem Finch No matter if someone has a older brother or sister, they will always try to be a role model for them. Jem Finch is a young boy who lives in Maycomb in the book To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee. He has a sister called Scout who is younger than him and he wants her to look up to him. Hem is influenced by his father, Atticus Finch because Jem’s mother died when he was younger. His father is one of the only people who is his role model and who takes part to influence him. In the book, Harper Lee uses some kinds of negative influences towards Jem to show us that he is a role model to Scout. Also Jem tries to show Scout that he is one of the people that she should look up to and have as a role model. …show more content…
When Jem is talking to Scout about how he is starting to understand something about Boo Radley. Jem says “When I was you’re age. If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to dispose each other?… I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time… it’s because he wants to stay inside” (Lee 304). He is talking and showing how he understands Boo, meanwhile most people just think of what they hear from rumors, but Jem understands and respects him and other people too. Furthermore, Jem and Scout find the different objects in the knot hole, Jem shows his respect by saying that they should write a ‘thank you’ not to the person who is giving them the things, even though they don 't know who is putting the items in the hole. When he is writing the note, Jem says, “We appreciate the—no, we appreciate everything which you have put into the tree for us. Yours very truly, Jeremy Atticus Finch” (Lee 82). This shows how Jem is respectful because even though he doesn’t know who the person is that is putting things for them in the tree. However, he feels like he should write and say thank you to show that he appreciates the things and to show respect. Another time that Jem …show more content…
When Jem and Scout meet Dill, they tell him about all the rumors about Boo Radley and Dill says, “I won’t say you ran out on a dare an’ I’ll swap you The Gray Ghost if you just go up and touch the house” (Lee 18). After this, Jem feels like he needs to show both Dill and his younger sister, Scout, that he is not afraid of anything and especially not of a dare. This has an effect on the audience because it reminds them of when they were young and that they probably did the same thing were they feel like they need to prove to people that they are not scared. In the same way, Jem shows that he is unafraid when he has to go to Mrs. Dubose to read for her, for destroying her flowers in her garden. Mrs. Dubose makes a nasty comment about how Scout is dirty, to which he answers, “My sister ain’t dirty and I ain’t scared of you” (Lee 141). Even though Jem is scared of Mrs. Dubose, and he destroyed her flowers because he got mad at her for saying things about his father, he will not show it. He wants to show and prove to both Mrs. Dubose and Scout that he is not afraid and that he is strong enough to be there inside of Mrs. Dubose’s house and reading to her. The audience feels that Jem is trying to be strong and to not show weakness in front of his younger sister. Afterwards in the novel, Jem and Scout are

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